Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, on Saturday offered his condolences to the family of Emirati pilot Captain Khalid Mohammad Al Shehi, whose aircraft crashed due to a technical failure in Yemen.
While visiting the mourning majlis in the Al Qadfa area of Fujairah, Sheikh Mohammed expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of the Al Shehi, praying to God to rest his soul in peace, and grant his family patience and solace.
Sheikh Mohammed spoke to the family and described fallen soldiers as symbols of pride who sacrifice their lives courageously and inspire people to support their brothers in need, reported state news agency Wam.
"While praying to Allah Almighty to rest their souls in peace, we stress that we will always appreciate and remember their sacrifices, which draw the way for hope and wishes, as they exemplify a role model and a lesson that reflects their strong will and determination. Their sacrifices will be in the memory of the country and history," he said.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun, director of the Martyrs' Families' Affairs Office of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince; Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs; Dr Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Secretary-General of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council; and Major General Staff Pilot Ibrahim Nasser Mohammed Al Alawi, Commander of Air Force and Air Defence, also offered their condolences on the visit.
Al Shehi was serving as part of the Saudi-led coalition Operation Restoring Hope in Yemen.
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