Emirati serviceman dies on active duty near Saudi border with Yemen
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.”