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Defense minister visits Qatar troops near Yemen border

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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.
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.

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