Gulf Arab forces fighting Yemeni rebels suffered one of the most significant blows since the start of their campaign in March, with 45 troops from the United Arab Emirates killed in the oil-rich Marib province.
The U.A.E.’s official news agency WAM reported the higher death toll late Friday, saying more troops died from injuries sustained, after officials had earlier said that 22 soldiers had been killed. The deaths were caused by a missile that struck an arms depot, Anwar Gargash, U.A.E. minister of state for foreign affairs, said on Twitter. The rebels said the ballistic missile attack also damaged armored vehicles.