United Nations deputy envoy arrives in Yemen's rebel-held capital

09 January, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Yemeni soldiers on manoeuvres supported by the Saudi-led military coalition in the eastern province of Marib Yemen 04 January 2018. Soliman Alnowab  EPA

- Saudi Arabia's Royal Air Force says two of its pilots whose fighter jet crashed during an operation in Yemen have been rescued.

The political party of Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed in December by his erstwhile Huthi rebel allies, on Sunday named his replacement.

Saudi acknowledged on Sunday that one of its warplanes fighting in Yemen crashed, but claimed that the cause was a "technical fault", shortly after revolutionaries in the Arab impoverished country said they had downed a Saudi jet over Saada.

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Yemeni air defense forces, according to what Houthi-controlled Saba news agency reported, have intercepted and shot down a twin-engine and multirole Panavia Tornado combat aircraft belonging to the Saudi-led military alliance involved in the aerial bombardment campaign against Yemen.

The GPC did not mention the Houthis, the group with which Saleh made a coalition.

Yemen has been since March 2015 under a brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition, in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

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The war between Houthis and the coalition-backed Hadi's government forces has recently intensified in the country's northern province of Jawf and the western Red Sea coasts.

Humanitarian organizations have repeatedly called attention to the effect the conflict has had on civilians in Yemen, where the United Nations says 3 million people have been forced from their homes.

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