Four UAE soldiers killed in Yemen helicopter crash

Smoke billows behind a building following a reported air strike by the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni capital Sanaa

Smoke billows behind a building following a reported air strike by the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni capital Sanaa

The district is the key front line between rival forces after the government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, advanced a year ago from near Saudi southern border in an attempt to recapture the rebel-held province.

"The closure of Sanaa airport and the limitation of flights to exclusively those carrying aid was due to concerns for the safety of civilian travel and commercial flights, as well as the smuggling of weapons by the Huthis", al-Maliki said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, seen by the USA as the global terror network's most risky branch, has exploited years of conflict between the government and Iran-backed Huthi rebels to expand its presence in Yemen, particularly in southern provinces.

In another Yemen-related development, the UAE's official news agency confirmed late on Friday via Twitter that four Emirati soldiers were killed in an Apache helicopter crash after making an emergency landing during a mission.

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"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".

Forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi wrested Aden and several southern provinces from the Houthis in the summer of 2015 but have struggled to impose stability and the government still operates mostly from exile in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The war has killed more than 10,000 people, majority civilians, and displaced around 3 million, according to United Nations agencies.

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

Al-Qaeda fighters are thought to have moved farther south into neighbouring Abyan province.

The MSF supplies cover only two months.

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

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