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UAE says 3 soldiers killed in Saudi-led campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen

  • Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, center, stands near houses destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike during his visit to the old city of Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, center, stands near houses destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike during his visit to the old city of Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, center, walks near houses destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike during his visit to the old city of Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, center, walks near houses destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike during his visit to the old city of Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, center, stands near houses destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike during his visit to the old city of Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, center, stands near houses destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike during his visit to the old city of Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

The United Arab Emirates says three of its soldiers have been killed while taking part in a Saudi-led campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen.

The statement carried by the official news agency WAM on Saturday did not say how the soldiers were killed or whether they died in Yemen.

The ruler of the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah led funeral services for the three corporals on Sunday. This brings to five the number of Emirati officers killed in battle since March, when the UAE and other Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia launched an offensive against the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis.

Yemeni security officials say that Saudi, Emirati, Egyptian and Jordanian military advisers are training hundreds of fighters at a military base near the Yemeni port city of Aden.