The country's leaders met with the grieving relatives of four Emirati servicemen who died when their helicopter crash landed in Yemen, praising a bravery and dedication that will "remain indelible in the memory of the nation".
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, was among the leaders that spent yesterday with the parents and children of the fallen pilots and soldiers.
The four dead were Captain Ahmed Khalifa Al Baloushi, from Al Ain; First Lieutenant Pilot Jassem Saleh Al Zaabi, from Ras Al Khaimah; Warrant Officer Mohammed Saeed Al Hassani, from Fujairah; and Warrant Officer Sameer Mohammed Murad Abu Bakr, from Ajman.
"We take pride in our intrepid martyrs who come at the forefront of our nation on account of the heroic sacrifices they made for their country," Sheikh Mohamed said, according to state news agency Wam.
"Their deeds will remain an eternal testament to their deeply-rooted values of giving and loyalty to our gracious soil which they inherited from their forefathers."
Three servicemen injured in the crash are being treated in hospital.
They are Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the grandson of Sheikh Zayed, the country's first president, and Rashid Al Dhahouri and Rashed Al Baloushi.
A delegation from the Ministry of Interior offers its condolences to the martyr of the homeland 'Ahmed Al Baloushi pic.twitter.com/LHQhXrmvN1
At the home of Captain Al Baloushi, 27, yesterday, his mother told The National that the family are saddened but proud in equal measure.
“It is difficult for each mother to lose her son, but he made me proud and raised my head. My grief is soothed by his martyrdom,” said Nora Sughaiar Mohammed.
“I proudly say he is a martyr and did his duty towards the country. I am sad for losing him, but I pray for him to be in Heaven."
Al Baloushi was serving in Yemen as part of the Arab Coalition's Operation Restoring Hope, which seeks to reinstate the internationally-recognised Yemeni government and push back Houthi militiamen that seized key areas of the country last year.