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As an emer­gency doc­tor in one of Abu Dhabi’s busiest hos­pi­tals, Dr Aye­sha Al Me­mari is used to see­ing trau­matic in­juries from road crashes and tragic ac­ci­dents.

But noth­ing could have pre­pared her for be­ing flown to Ye­men to care for in­jured Emi­rati sol­diers af­ter a Houthi rocket at­tack on the UAE’s base in Marib last Septem­ber.

The 37-year-old emer­gency medicine spe­cial­ist at Mafraq Hospital has de­scribed for the first time how she and her col­leagues worked for 12 hours straight to help pa­tients and de­ter­mine who could be flown home for treat­ment.

Fifty-four UAE Armed Forces ser­vice­men were killed in the at­tack on Septem­ber 4, the dark­est day in UAE mil­i­tary his­tory.

To date 77 have been killed dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Restor­ing Hope, which has seen the Arab coali­tion bat­tle Ira­ni­an­backed Houthi rebels to re­store the le­git­i­mate gov­ern­ment in Sana’a.

“I wanted to bring back as many sol­diers as pos­si­ble,” Al Me­mari told 7DAYS in an exclusive in­ter­view. She was speak­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing the Abu Dhabi Award for her crit­i­cal work in medicine ear­lier this month.

“The at­tack took place less than 24 hours be­fore, so the fam­i­lies in UAE had no idea

By Ma­hak Man­nan

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