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Saudi Acknowledges Warplane Crash in Yemen

09 January, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Map of Yemen showing areas controlled by Houthis Saudi-led coalition and al Qaeda

The incident comes as the General People's Congress (GPC), the political party of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, chose its new leader on Sunday after Saleh was killed by his former Houthi allies in early December.

On Sunday, the rebels claimed that it shot down Saudi Air force's warplane, although the Saudi-led coalition denied it in the statement saying the "Tornado GR4" bomber crashed due to technical glitch.

The Huthi rebels, locked in a war against Yemen's Saudi-backed government, said they had fired a missile at the kingdom's southwestern province of Najran in a statement tweeted by their Al-Masirah television channel.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in support of President Abedrabbo Mansur Hadi's government in March 2015, after the Huthis took over the capital Sanaa and much of the rest of the country.

Before his death, Saleh was in power for three decades in Yemen. He also said, in comments to Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, that the rebels who seized the capital in 2014 must release all detainees, stop launching missiles, and allow humanitarian aid to reach civilians. He later joined in a coalition with the Houthis in an attempt to regain control over the impoverished country.

The almost three-year stalemated war in Yemen has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced 3 million, damaged critical infrastructure, fuelled a cholera outbreak and pushed the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of starvation.

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