Tributes at funeral of soldier killed serving in Yemen
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)