Emi­rati ser­vice­man dies on ac­tive duty near Saudi bor­der with Ye­men

The National - News - - NEWS - RUBA HAZA First Cpl Tariq Al Baloushi

An Emi­rati sol­dier died on ac­tive duty in Saudi Ara­bia, the Armed Forces Gen­eral Com­mand said on Wed­nes­day.

First Cpl Tariq Hus­sein Al Baloushi, 32, was serv­ing with the Armed Forces in Op­er­a­tion De­ci­sive Storm and Op­er­a­tion Re­store Hope, as part of the Saudi-led Arab Coali­tion, in the south­ern town of Na­jran, on the bor­der with Ye­men.

His body ar­rived to a mil­i­tary ceremony at Al Ba­teen Air­port in Abu Dhabi on Thurs­day.

Fu­neral prayers were held at Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Ras Al Khaimah af­ter dhuhr prayers, be­fore Al Baloushi was laid to rest in Al Ghub Ceme­tery.

Mourn­ers in­cluded Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and Crown Prince Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Saud Al Qasimi.

On Wed­nes­day, Dr An­war Gar­gash, the UAE Min­is­ter of State for For­eign Af­fairs, of­fered his con­do­lences to Al Baloushi’s fam­ily.

Al Baloushi was fa­ther to three girls and a boy.

He was an avid foot­baller, play­ing at Ras Al Khaimah Foot­ball Club for al­most 20 years.

His friend, Ab­dul­rah­man Al Sh­maily, told The Na­tional they grew up to­gether in Shamal, Ras Al Khaimah, and were in­sep­a­ra­ble.

“He was like a brother to me and we used to do ev­ery­thing to­gether,” said Mr Al Sh­maily, 32.

“He was a very gen­er­ous man who cared about his fam­ily and friends, a kind and well­be­haved per­son.”

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