Four UAE soldiers die in helicopter crash in Yemen

Four UAE soldiers die in helicopter crash in Yemen

An Arab coalition allied with Yemen's government on Thursday requested United Nations help to re-open Sanaa airport, in an apparent response to aid groups' demand that the airport be allowed to receive flights delivering relief.

The Ministry of Public Health and Population issued statistics showing that 11,250 patients have died because they had not be able to travel overseas for seeking live-saving global medical treatment due to a Saudi-led aggression coalition air blockade.

Shabwa has seen U.S. airstrikes targeting Yemen's local branch of al-Qaida amid the Saudi-led war.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen asked the United Nations to help re-open Sana'a airport on Thursday, a day after an aid group said Yemenis were dying because they could not seek medical help overseas.

"The parties to the conflict have the responsibility to ensure the protection of civilians and their access to humanitarian relief, including through the use of airspace and airport".

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A funeral prayer was held for 1st Lieutenant Pilot Jassem Saleh Al Zaabi in Ras Al Khaimah The four died in a helicopter crash due to technical failure. Initial reports issued by the Saudi Press Agency said the soldiers sustained "minor injuries" following an emergency landing.

Another five injured soldiers were taken to hospital in Mukalla in the neighbouring province of Hadramawt, they said.

The Saudi-led coalition began its war in Yemen in March 2015 against Shiite rebels known as Houthis who hold the capital, Sanaa.

UAE-trained Yemeni special forces backed by the United States earlier this month launched a major operation against Al-Qaeda, driving it from the oil-rich Shabwa province.

"We will comment in case we get information on that".

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