UAE fighter jets on Friday launched an airstrike against a number of Houthi militia targets in Yemen in honor of the first Saudi soldier killed in “Operation Decisive Storm.”
Sulieman bin Ali Al Harazi Al Maliki was killed in a firefight with Houthi rebels on the Saudi-Yemen border early Thursday morning.
In a statement by UAE press agency WAM, the airstrike was described as “successful” as fighter jets struck a surface-to-air missile base and a radar site in Maarib and returned to their bases safely.
WAM published images of UAE fighter pilots writing Maliki’s name on their jets before carrying out the airstrike.
Saudi Arabia and nine regional allies, including the UAE, have waged 10 days of air strikes against the Houthis to try to stem their advances and to support legitimate President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi, who fled Aden for Saudi Arabia more than a week ago.