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'No one should ever be sad to be granted this honour'.

Summary: Abdullah Saleh Al Shehi was martyred in the massive attack that targeted the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen.

It is not easy to put up a brave front in the face of the death of a loved one but First Corporal Abdullah Saleh Al Shehi, brother of Adel Saleh Al Shehi who was martyred in Yemen on September 4 (a Friday) while performing national duty, went a step ahead when he said: "It is an honour; no one should ever be sorry or sad to be granted this high rank in thie life and the Hereafter."

"Sure, all family members are depressed for losing Adel, but we are all proud of and happy about his martyrdom which only few people achieve."

Corporal Adel was 34 years old when he was martyred in the massive attack that targeted the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen, he added. "The martyr got married two years back, and has a 2-year-old girl."

He was not only a brother, but rather was a friend who was loved by all his four brothers and five sisters, First Corporal Abdullah, who is also a serviceman in the UAE Armed Forces, told Khaleej Times.

The army was Adel's life, he underlined. "He joined the UAE Army in 1998, and dedicated his entire life to the service of his beloved country since then."

Elaborating, Abdullah said his mother passed away some 15 year back, and his 70-year-old father is still alive. "First our father was shocked when he was told about Adel's death, but in just 15 minutes he surrendered to God's will, and felt proud of the martyrdom which brother Adel has bestowed on all family members."

"At least he has lifted the UAE flag high, father commented on Adel's martyrdom, "Abdullah said. "All family members, relatives, friends, neighbours, and even foreigners were sad at the news of his demise, but proud of his martyrdom."

The martyr, based in Julphar area of Ras Al Khaimah, was known for his good manners. "He was so kind and helpful to anyone, mainly his father whom he was always in touch with and used to take care of."

Resiliently, Abdullah said they are so happy for the safe return of the first batch of the UAE heroes who were fighting in Yemen. "All our prayers and best wishes are for those heading to complete the mission and restore legitimacy there."

Nader Al Shehi, cousin of martyr Adel said people should actually congratulate martyrs' families and relatives on the martyrdom they have won.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Nov 29, 2015
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