An Argentinian mercenary was killed in Yemen while fighting Houthi rebels.

According to a report in Middle-East-based Al Masdar News, the Argentinian soldier suffered grievous injuries during a battle within the Al-Omari camp near the strategic city of Ta'iz.

The mercenary has been identified as Ferdinand Lamos. He was being transported on a US naval vessel when he died of his wounds.

Lamos is reportedly the first Argentinian to have died fighting the Houthis. He was reportedly a former member of the "Foreign Legions", a military contracting company with ties to the Blackwater group.

Last month, reports had emerged that at least 450 Latin American mercenaries were deployed in Yemen by the United Arab Emirates, one of the nine Arab countries that are part of the Saudi Arabia-led intervention that aims to bring back the Yemeni government under ousted President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

According to a New York Times report, this is the first time a foreign army, which consists of mostly Colombian mercenaries besides Panamanian, Salvadoran and Chilean soldiers trained privately by the UAE, has been dispatched to Yemen.