February 14, 2016 / 11:15 AM / 2 years ago

UAE soldier killed in Yemen fighting: state news

DUBAI (Reuters) - A United Arab Emirates soldier was killed and another was wounded while fighting in Yemen as part of a Saudi-led military coalition, state news agency WAM reported on Sunday, citing the army general command.

The coalition is fighting to stop the Houthis, allies of Riyadh’s main regional foe Iran, from taking complete control of Yemen after they seized the capital Sanaa and advanced south towards the port city of Aden.

WAM did not give any more details.

More than 60 Saudi and Emirati troops were killed in September 2015 when a Tochka rocket hit the al-Safer air base near Marib in northeastern Yemen.

Around 6,000 people have been killed in the conflict, almost half of them civilians.

Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Ruth Pitchford

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