DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 16, (AP): The United Arab Emirates says one of its soldiers has been killed while serving in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. A short military statement Thursday on the state-run WAM news agency announced the soldier’s death, without offering a cause. The UAE is one of Saudi Arabia’s main allies in its war against Yemen’s Shiite rebels, known as Houthis. The war in Yemen has killed more than 10,000 civilians and displaced over 3 million people. It began when the Houthis and allied military units loyal to a former president seized Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, in September 2014.
The Saudi-led coalition began its campaign in March 2015 in support of Yemen’s internationally recognized government. The war has ground into a stalemate. Peace efforts by the United Nations have faltered. Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi’s federal appeals court has sentenced an Emirati national to 10 years in prison for joining the Islamic State group’s affiliate in Yemen. The state-run WAM news agency says the sentence was handed down on Wednesday.
The Emirati was only referred to by the initials M.S.A.S. The United Arab Emirates is fighting in a Saudi-led coalition against Yemeni rebels and their allies. In other cases, WAM says an Emirati identified as A.S.K. received an 18-month prison sentence for unlawfully possessing a firearm and having two bombs. Another Emirati, identified as A.K.A.A., will undergo counseling and have a six-month travel ban. WAM also reported the court sentenced a Jordanian national, referred to as T.H.M, to three years in prison and a 500,000-dirham ($135,875) fine for apparently insulting “state symbols” online.