UAE celebrates return of its brave soldiers

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ABU DHABI: The UAE on Sunday celebrated the return of its brave soldiers who were part of the Arab coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen.

The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces said in a statement that the “Hawks of Zayed” within the Arab coalition, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, raised the banners of rightfulness, justice, redemption and sacrifice standing beside the brotherly Yemeni people.

“The achievements in the field of truth in the Yemeni governorates remains a testament to the biography and march of the heroes who emphasised their high preparedness and their ability to deal with various conditions in the field,” the statement released by Wam said.

The military added the UAE played a major role in securing the security and stability of the liberated areas. The role of its humanitarian arm, the Red Crescent Authority, also came in for praise as did the support for the sectors of education, health, infrastructure, energy, social support, humanitarian and other kinds of assistance.

UAE Armed Forces at a ceremony at Al Dhafra Air Base in Abu Dhabi

“The UAE has succeeded in rebuilding and operating official institutions such as airports and ports and providing them with the necessary equipment for the continuity of work, which coincided with securing energy resources needed to operate state institutions and ensuring that they performed their duties without interruption,” the military said.

Based on its fraternal and humanitarian duty, the valiant Emiratis fought a battle that will remain immortal, pioneering the reconstruction efforts in many liberated Yemeni governorates, providing livelihoods for its people, in order to normaliSe their lives, restore stability to them and open the doors of hope for the future before them, the military said.

“Our armed forces have proven within the Arab coalition that it is an effective regional stability element that protects our national and Pan-Arab gains and works as a support for preserving security and stability locally and extends a hand of assistance to the sibling call to embody the vision of the wise leadership of the state,” it stated.

The military concluded that with the return of the brave soldiers, the UAE celebrates its loyal sons who scripted a human epic which history will record under the title “Pride, Sacrifice and Giving”.

The ceremonies were held in the presence of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Their Highnesses, Members of the Supreme Council, Rulers of the Emirates, Their Highnesses the Crown Princes and Deputy Rulers.

UAE aid to Yemen: Dh22 billion

The UAE ranked first in the world as the largest donor of aid to the Yemeni people for 2019, according to a report of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on the countries that funded the humanitarian response plan for Yemen from the beginning of 2019 until September 23 last year.

The UAE provided $5.59 billion in foreign assistance to Yemen between April 2015 and June 2019, which was used to help rebuild various sectors in the country, including vital infrastructure and restore health and social services.

According to statistics of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, a breakdown of the aid shows that 66 per cent of the amount went towards development ventures and 34 per cent to humanitarian relief. The breakdown includes 15 per cent towards commodity aid, nine per cent for energy generation and supply, 53 per cent for general programme assistance, 11 per cent towards health services, four per cent to government and civil society and three per cent for social services.

The data also revealed that much of the assistance was channelled through international organisations such as the WFP, Unicef, WHO, UNHCR and the ICRC.

The donations reached 22 Yemeni governorates, including Hodeida, Taiz, Aden and Hadramaut, and helped 17.2 million Yemenis – 11.2 million children and 3.3 million women. The funds also helped 11.4 million Yemenis find access to healthcare, 16.3 million people receive food, and 1.8 million boys and girls get an education. The money also saw the rehabilitation of three airports and three seaports in Aden, Al Mukalla and Socotra.

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