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| 12 August, 2017

Four UAE soldiers die after helicopter crash in Yemen - agency

A soldier from the United Arab Emirates armed with a machine gun watches over Yemeni territory while riding a Chinook helicopter en route to a Saudi-led coalition air base in the kingdom September 17, 2015. REUTERS/Abdelhadi al-Ramahi

A soldier from the United Arab Emirates armed with a machine gun watches over Yemeni territory while riding a Chinook helicopter en route to a Saudi-led coalition air base in the kingdom September 17, 2015. REUTERS/Abdelhadi al-Ramahi

They were "carrying out their normal mission in the Shabwa governorate in Yemen, where their helicopter had technical failure: agency

DUBAI, Aug 12 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates said on Saturday that four of its soldiers died after their helicopter crashed during a routine mission in Yemen, the official news agency WAM reported.

They were "carrying out their normal mission in the Shabwa governorate in Yemen, where their helicopter had technical failure, which led to an emergency landing and hitting the ground," the agency said.

The UAE is part of a Saudi-led coalition formed in 2015 to fight the Iran-aligned Houthi group, which controls most of northern Yemen and the capital Sanaa, in a war that has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than 3 million.

(Reporting by Mostafa Hashem; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) ((rania.elgamal@thomsonreuters.com; +971 562 160 434; Reuters Messaging: rania.elgamal.reuters.com@reuters.net))
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