Saudi jet fighter downed by Yemenis

Saudi soldiers are seen on top of their tank deployed at the Saudi Yemeni border in Saudi Arabia's southwestern Jizan province

Yemeni Chief of General Staff Injured in Mine Blast Near Saudi Border- Source AFP 2017 Fayez Nureldine

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.

Col. Al-Malki said land and air forces of the Arab Coalition Forces successfully jointly carried out a search and rescue operation to evacuated the two pilots from the crash scene.

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.

An official statement blamed Sunday's crash on a "technical failure" but the Yemeni rebel-run al-Masirah television says the British-made Tornado fighter jet was hit while flying in Yemeni airspace over the northern province of Saada, which borders Saudi Arabia.


Aburas, 65, will lead the GPC until its next general assembly, a date for which could not yet be set "because of the current difficulties", a statement said.

Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out an operation against the Houthis aimed at restoring the government of Hadi.

But despite the coalition's superior firepower, the rebels still control the capital and much of the north.

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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