Qatari troops killed
Qatar said yesterday that three of its soldiers have been killed while participating in Saudi-led military operations in Yemen. It was Qatar’s biggest known loss of life in the conflict since its first reported ground deployment in the country last September. The Qatari military said the deaths occurred on Monday but did not provide any details. The military statement, carried by the official Qatar News Agency, identified the three killed soldiers as Mohammed Awad Salim, Mohammed Dawood Khayal and Mohammed Nasser Mohammed. Yemen’s conflict pits the internationally recognised government and the Saudi-led military coalition against Shia Houthi rebels and forces loyal to a former president. The Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis and their allies since March 2015. Airstrikes on a water well in northern Yemen this week reportedly killed 30 people and wounded 17, a UN official said on Monday.