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UAE soldier martyred in Yemen never feared death

The UAE Armed Force extended condolences to the kin of Al Zaabi.

UAE soldier martyred in Yemen never feared death

Afkar Abdullah/Sharjah

March 17, 2017

Through their grief, his family were proud of his ultimate sacrifice - of laying down his life for the country in Yemen. First Sergeant Zakaria Suleiman Obaid Al Zaabi was fighting with his unit in Yemen during Operation Hope when the end came.

The UAE Armed Forces, which announced his death on Thursday, extended condolences to the kin of Al Zaabi, praying to Allah to rest his soul in eternal peace.

The brothers, mother and relatives of the martyr said they were honoured by Zakaria's sacrifice. He died fighting to keep the country and the region safe, they said. The martyr, who is the father of a four-year-old son, was "one of the best youth in Kalba" according to his kin.

Sorrow gripped the family when they heard the news. They said they would miss him because he was "kind, loving, and caring; a devoted father, son and a good citizen".

Najeeb, a brother of the martyr, said Zakaria always talked of dying for his country. "He said he is ready to welcome martyrdom any time."

Zakaria was the fifth of 15 brothers. Another brother Mohammed is also serving in Yemen.

The brave soldier joined the armed forces after he graduated from high school. His family remembered him as "cheerful, very religious, decent and polite".

"He loved mother and was always with her, especially after the death of our father. He used to visit all relatives and extended family members," said his brother Najeeb.

Another brother, Ahmed, said Zakaria stayed for two weeks at home for returned to duty only last week. "Before his departure, he bid goodbye to all our family members, and visited them."

"He will remain in our hearts and we will pray for his soul to rest in peace." 


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