Muslim Times(Web Desk) – The last batch of Emirati troops, who had served in a Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen’s eastern province of Mahrah, have arrived home after the Abu Dhabi regime ordered them to withdraw.
Informed sources, requesting anonymity, told Arabic-language Yemen Shabab television network on Saturday that the United Arab Emirates withdrew its forces the previous day, and handed over buildings used by its troops to local authorities.
The sources added that mercenaries and military advisers from African countries would most likely replace Emirati soldiers.
The UAE is Saudi Arabia’s key ally in its deadly war against Yemen.
On Saturday, Yemeni army soldiers, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, targeted the positions of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi at the al-Alab border crossing of the kingdom’s southern region of Asir.
There were no immediate reports about possible casualties or the extent of damage caused.
Separately, an elderly woman sustained injuries when Saudi rockets and mortar shells rained down on residential areas in the Razih district of Yemen’s northwestern mountainous province of Sa’ada.
Moreover, two civilians lost their lives and another two suffered serious injuries when a Saudi airstrike hit a cold storage at Kilo 16 area of al-Hali district in the strategic western Yemeni province of Hudaydah.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of Hadi back to power and crushing the country’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement.
Some 15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of the Saudi-led aggression.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.