17 killed in clashes near Yemeni-Saudi border


Four members of the UAE's armed forces died in a helicopter crash in Yemen on Friday during a routine mission, state news agency WAM said on Saturday.

It said the airport remained closed "due to concerns for the safety of civilian travel and commercial flights, as well as the smuggling of weapons by the Houthis".

The ministry urged the humanitarian community and the United Nations humanitarian agencies to help press for immediate reopening Sanaa airport so Yemeni patients can travel overseas for worldwide medical healthcare.

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United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said he was "unaware" if there was any formal request from Saudi-led coalition, despite regular contacts between the global body, coalition and Yemeni government.

The UAE has paid tribute to the four Emirati soldiers who were killed in a helicopter crash in Yemen on the weekend.

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The UAE is a key component of the Saudi-led coalition which intervened in Yemen in 2015, when President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi fled into exile as the rebels threatened to overrun his last stronghold.

The pilot made an emergency landing in a government-held area, "resulting in minor injuries to the crew".

WAM said the helicopter crash happened in Yemen's southern Shabwa province where US airstrikes have targeted Yemen's local al-Qaida branch.

Residents of Shabwa province said another five injured soldiers were taken to hospital in Mukalla in the neighbouring province of Hadramawt.

Late on Thursday, Nobel Peace Prize victor Tawakkol Karman accused Houthi fighters and forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former president of Yemen, of abducting her brother and two of his friends.