UAE and Saudi spe­cial forces de­ployed in Ye­men

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UAE spe­cial forces have been de­ployed in the bat­tle against Al Qaeda in Ye­men, Arab Coali­tion com­man­ders have an­nounced.

The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the coali­tion com­mand as say­ing that in its first hours, the op­er­a­tion re­sulted in the killing of more than 800 el­e­ments of Al Qaeda and a num­ber of their lead­ers and that the rest of them fled.

The op­er­a­tion’s par­tic­i­pants in­clude the Ye­meni army and el­e­ments of Saudi and United Arab Emi­rates spe­cial forces.

The state­ment, car­ried by UAE news agency WAM, added that the op­er­a­tion comes as part of the joint in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to de­feat ter­ror­ist groups in Ye­men and sup­port the le­git­i­mate Ye­meni govern­ment.

It said the coali­tion is at­tempt­ing to re­gain con­trol of Ye­meni cities that fell to Al Qaeda, the most im­por­tant of which is the city of Al Mukalla, con­sid­ered to be Al Qaeda’s strong­hold.

The op­er­a­tion aims at clear­ing it and help­ing the le­git­i­mate au­thor­i­ties to re­gain con­trol over it and the rest of Ye­men.

The state­ment added that the process will al­low for the in­ten­si­fy­ing of hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief ef­forts.

WAM re­ported that the coun­tries par­tic­i­pat­ing in the op­er­a­tion em­pha­sised their pol­icy of chas­ing ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions out of all Ye­meni cities, de­feat­ing them and de­priv­ing them of a safe haven un­til the re­turn of se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity.

IN AC­TION: UAE, Saudi and Ye­meni troops took part

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