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TWO BRITISH Special Forces soldiers deployed on a top-secret humanitarian mission in Yemen have been injured in a roadside bomb blast. The soldiers, members of the elite SAS regiment, were part of a joint US-UK mission to identify areas in which supplies can be dropped to starving refugees.

The soldiers were dressed in Arab clothing and were tasked with locating drop zones for food and medical supplies which can be easily accessed by desperate locals.

Three weeks ago five engineers – two South Africans, a Croatian, a Bosnian and a Kosovan – were killed and a Briton injured when their vehicle also hit a mine at Marib.

The devices were believed to be planted by the Houthi, which is battling the Saudi backed government. Last night it was stressed that, though armed, Special Forces are not taking part in combat operations.

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