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Injured Qatari soldier

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Injured Qatari soldier

Two Qatari soldiers have recently been injured while fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to local media reports.

The men, Sgt. Salman Mahwish Al Ruwaili and Abdul Hadi Rashid Al Watheen, are being hailed as heroes on social media.

However, the circumstances of their injuries remain unclear.

The soldiers are part of a Saudi-led coalition that supports Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi’s fight against Houthi rebels.

According to Al Jazeera, more than 9,000 people have been killed and 2.8 million more have fled their homes since March 2015, when the coalition began launching air strikes.

The two soldiers’ injuries come months after a Qatar special forces soldier was killed in Yemen in November.

Muhammad Hamid Sulayman’s death marked Qatar’s first reported casualty in the conflict.

Medical treatment

According to some reports, the Qatari soldiers were also visited in Hamad Hospital this week by Minister of State for Defense Khalid Al Attiyah:

After a few days at Hamad, Al Ruwaili will travel abroad for treatment under the directive of the Emir, Al Sharq reports.

He is in stable condition and will seek further treatment at a specialist facility in Germany.

Thoughts?

Khalid Al Attiyah, Qatar's Minister of State for Defense, visits the Qatari Armed Forces' detachment stationed in the Saudi city of Najran, near the Yemen border.

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Khalid Al Attiyah, Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense, visits a Qatari Armed Forces’ detachment.

Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense, Khalid Al Attiyah, recently visited Qatari soldiers stationed in the Saudi city of Najran, near the Yemen border.

Qatar has committed hundreds of troops, as well as helicopters and armored vehicles, to a Saudi-led coalition.

The group is backing forces loyal to exiled Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who are fighting Houthi rebels.

Al Attiyah’s visit follows several days of confusion about the future role of UAE troops in Yemen.

Last week, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan – Abu Dhabi’s crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces – published a tweet that quoted the country’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash, as saying the “war is over” for the Emirati troops.

However, Gargash later said his comments were “taken out of context.”

With the United Nations estimating that 13 million Yemenis are in need of “immediate life-saving assistance,” international criticism has been mounting over the impact of the conflict on civilians.

The Saudi-led coalition has previously said it respects international humanitarian law.

Thoughts?

Kidnappers free journalists working in Yemen for Qatar-based Al Jazeera

Some 10 days after disappearing in Yemen, three members of an Al Jazeera Arabic news crew have been released by their kidnappers, the Doha-based media network has said.

Correspondent Hamdi al-Bokari, cameraman Abdulaziz al-Sabri and driver Moneer al-Sabai were taken while filming in the besieged southern Yemeni city of Taiz. Al Jazeera said the identity of their captors was unclear and did not say what prompted the kidnappers to release the men.