4 UAE soldiers killed in Yemen helicopter crash

ABU DHABI (AFP) – Four soldiers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were killed when their helicopter crashed during a mission in Yemen, the UAE military confirmed yesterday.

The Saudi-led coalition supporting the Yemeni govern-ment against rebels had initially played down Friday evening’s incident, saying that the pilot had been forced to make an emergency landing “resulting in minor injuries to the crew”.

The four soldiers died when the helicopter crashed in the province of Shabwa following a technical problem, the UAE military said in statement carried by the country’s official WAM news agency.