Artillery shelling kills 10 Houthi rebels in southern Yemen

09 January, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Sadeq Amin Abu Ras seen attending a meeting in the Yemeni capital Sanaa in 2016

The Sudanese troops and other forces of the Saudi-led coalition are using military bases in Lahj for training hundreds of newly-recruited Yemeni soldiers to fight Houthis and confront terrorist groups.

The plane "had a technical failure at 15:40 (1840 GMT) and crashed... in an area of operations" in Yemen, Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, told AFP. Two pilots from the aircraft ejected before it hit the ground.

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

Saudi officials don't appear to want to admit to a shoot-down, however, and rather say that the plane crashed on its own do to some as-yet-unspecified "technical fault".

The statement comes following the claim made by Houthi rebels that they shot down a Tornado GR4 fighter bomber in the northern province of Saada on Sunday, the Houthi-controlled Saba news agency reported.


US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley showed pieces of what she purported to be parts of a missile and claimed that the missiles Yemen fired at Saudi Arabia were provided by Iran.

Over 12,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.

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".

Both Iran and Saudi Arabia, two regional powerhouses with clashing ideologies, share a fractious relationship due to a power struggle over a series of religio-political issues such as the way Islam is interpreted, the Islamic world's leadership and oil exports. At least 10,000 people have been killed.

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