Trib­utes at funeral of soldier killed serv­ing in Ye­men

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By Nawal Al Ramahi The fam­ily of an Emi­rati soldier who was killed while serv­ing in Ye­men has de­scribed him as a “fearless man who sac­ri­ficed his life for his coun­try”.

Rel­a­tives said Saeed An­bar Al Falasi, 30, died in a French hos­pi­tal from in­juries sus­tained in Ye­men as part of the Arab Coali­tion’s Op­er­a­tion Restor­ing Hope.

Al Falasi was laid to rest in Al Quoz Grave­yard fol­low­ing a mid­day funeral prayer in Al Cor­doba Mosque, near Satwa yes­ter­day.

He en­listed in the UAE Armed Forces at the age of 18 and has served ever since. He leaves be­hind one three-year-old son named Ha­mad.

The soldier’s brother, Salim Al Falasi, 35, told 7DAYS: “I am deeply sad­dened by los­ing my brother. How­ever, I have found great com­fort know­ing he died while serv­ing his coun­try and he’s in heaven.

“Many peo­ple at­tended my brother’s funeral, in­clud­ing loved ones, UAE mil­i­tary sol­diers and oth­ers who want to pay their at­tributes and to our hero, Saeed.”

Salim Al Falasi said his brother was a video games fan who liked to re­lax when off duty.

He said: “Saeed would play a lot of war games when was at home. He loved swim­ming, as well.”

Nora Al Falasi, 37, Saeed’s older sis­ter, said at the funeral: “My mother re­ceived the tragic news with great shock and couldn’t speak for four days. She’s much bet­ter now.

“The fam­ily pulled to­gether to be with our mother and fa­ther and we kept re­mind­ing them that Saeed is a hero.”

Nora added: “Our home will never be the same with­out him. But we keep re­mind­ing our­selves that my brother died while per­form­ing his duty.

“He was pro­tect­ing our na­tion and our pre­cious home­land. And we are all proud of him.”

The soldier’s younger sis­ter, Arfa Al Falasi, 27, said: “We were very close. He was known for his sense of hu­mour. He was a loving and car­ing per­son. Now, I al­ways sit in Saeed’s room. I miss him so much and miss our chats and jokes.

“The whole fam­ily re­ceived news of my brother’s death with great shock. I will never for­get Saeed. He will be al­ways in our hearts.”

TRIB­UTE: Al Falasi’s young nieces at the funeral yes­ter­day and the 12-year army vet­eran (pic­tured right)

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