ABU DHABI, UAE - The two Emirati soldiers who were killed in action in the Yemen civil war this week were laid to rest following funeral prayers on Friday.
The two members of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, Soliman Mohammed Soliman Al Dhohouri and Nader Mubarak Eisa Soliman, were taking part in the Saudi-led Arab Coalition’s Operation Restoring Hope in the war-torn country, a campaign which has lasted almost two years.
Their death was announced earlier by the General Command of the UAE Armed Forces which offered its "condolences to the families of the martyrs, praying to Almighty Allah to rest their souls in eternal peace and bestow solace on their families."
The bodies of the servicemen were airlifted to the Al Bateen Executive Airport at Abu Dhabi where they were given an honour guard.
Around ninety UAE soldiers have died in the Yemen war which has claimed the lives of an estimated 10,000 civilians and displaced more than three million people. 10 journalists have also been killed during the conflict.
The Saudi-led coalition entered the war in March 2015 on the side of the country's internationally recognized government headed by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. The UAE was one of the major contributors, although the bulk of military resources, and around 150,000 troops have been contributed by Saudi Arabia. Oher countries in the coalition include Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Senegal, Morocco and Sudan.
The UAE wound down its support for the war in June last year, withdrawing most, but not all of its ground forces. The UAE is also understood to be providing mercenaries from Latin American countries.
A peace settlement between government and Al-Houthi rebel forces has failed to materialise despite the two sides conferring in UN-led talks.