Family of UAE’s First Martyr To Have Celebration on Date of His Death
Relatives of the UAE’s first martyr, Salem Suhail bin Khamis Al Dahmani, say they are overjoyed at the Government’s decision to commemorate his death.
Salem, a police officer, was killed on November 29, 1971 during the attack by Iran on the Tunb islands, owned by Ras Al Khaimah.
When a force of 2,000 Iranian soldiers invaded the islands, they demanded Salem lower the flag from the police station where he was stationed.
The 20-year-old defied their orders and was shot for his bravery.
His older brother, Harib Al Dahmani, who is now in his late 60s, can only vaguely recall the day his family heard about the incident.
The praise from the nation for his brother’s sacrifice, however, remains a firm memory. Details