Saudi warplane crashes in Yemen, crew rescued: Coalition

Bryan Strickland
January 9, 2018

Multiple Saudi and Emirati fighter jets have crashed over Yemen, killing the pilots on board, in the almost three years since the kingdom launched a war against the rebels.

Anti-Houthi forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, have intensified an offensive against the Iran-aligned group that controls most of northern Yemen since former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed after he switched sides in Yemen's almost three-year-old civil war. Two pilots from the aircraft ejected before it hit the ground. Riyadh has confirmed the downed jet belonged to the Saudi Royal Air Force.

The pilots survived the crash and were evacuated in a special joint search and rescue operation, according to the coalition.

Earlier this week, the Saudi state media had alleged that the latest Houthi missile attack into southern Saudi Arabia proved that "the Iranian regime remains implicated in supporting the armed Houthis". "Missiles fired at Saudi Arabia belong to Yemen which have been overhauled and their range has been increased", Jafari said.

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That prompted Iran's regional arch-rival Saudi Arabia to lead an intervention against the alliance the following year in a military intervention that has killed thousands.

At least ten Houthi rebels were killed when artillery shelling targeted their locations near the government-controlled province of Lahj on Monday, a military official told Xinhua.

United Nations statistics show more than 10,000 people, a lot of them civilians, have been killed since the coalition intervened in the Yemeni civil war that also displaced around three million.

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