1 Qatari sol­dier killed in Ye­men as bat­tle rages

13 rebels killed by loy­al­ists in south Ye­men am­bush

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DUBAI: A Qatari sol­dier fight­ing along­side a Saudi-led mil­i­tary coali­tion in Ye­men has been killed in clashes there, state me­dia said yes­ter­day, the first re­ported death of a sol­dier from the small Gulf Arab state in the con­flict. Qatar has not for­mally an­nounced its troops are among the Saudi-led forces try­ing to re­store Ye­men’s gov­ern­ment, which was sent into ex­ile by Houthi fight­ers that Gulf states see as a proxy for their archri­val Iran. A se­nior com­man­der from the United Arab Emi­rates forces in Ye­men de­nied in Septem­ber that Qatar had sent any ground forces. The United Na­tions says more than 5,600 Ye­me­nis have been killed since the Gulf Arab in­ter­ven­tion be­gan in March 26. Dozens of sol­diers from Saudi Ara­bia, the UAE, Bahrain and other coali­tion mem­bers have also died. “The Qatari armed forces to­day an­nounced the mar­tyr­dom of Mo­hammed Hamid Suleiman, a sol­dier from the Qatari armed forces in the line of duty with Arab coali­tion forces ... in the Repub­lic of Ye­men,” Qatar’s state QNA agency said.

13 rebels killed

Mean­while, pro-gov­ern­ment forces yes­ter­day killed 13 rebel fight­ers in an am­bush in Ye­men’s south af­ter the in­sur­gents took back sev­eral po­si­tions in the area, a mil­i­tary source said. The Houthi rebels were trav­el­ling in two mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles south of Damt, the Daleh prov­ince’s sec­ond-largest city, which they and their al­lies re­cap­tured on Satur­day. Forces loyal to Pres­i­dent Abedrabbo Man­sour Hadi at­tacked them with rocket-pro­pelled grenades and ma­chine­guns, the source said.The loy­al­ists, backed by Saudi-led coali­tion strikes, sup­plies and troops, pushed the rebels out of Daleh and four other southern prov­inces in July.

But the rebels this week­end re­cap­tured sev­eral po­si­tions in the south. Bat­tles con­tin­ued in the area Wed­nes­day as the rebels were try­ing to ad­vance on Daleh’s provin­cial cap­i­tal, which car­ries the same name, the mil­i­tary source said. Other fight­ing flared in Al-Madaribah on the border be­tween the neigh­bour­ing Lahj and Taez prov­inces, leav­ing five rebels and three loy­al­ist fight­ers dead over the past 24 hours, mil­i­tary sources said. The coali­tion, formed in March to halt the rebels’ ad­vance across Ye­men, has dis­patched mil­i­tary re­in­force­ments to Al-Madaribah to pre­vent it fall­ing to rebel hands, the sources said. —Reuters

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