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Colonel Turki Al-Malki, Spokesman of the Joint Coalition Forces, disclosed that a Saudi Royal Air Force fighter jet was exposed to a technical failure after implementing one of the operational tasks to support legitimacy in Yemen, which resulted in its crash inside the operation area with no injuries to the aircraft's crew.

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 crashed in Saada Province, and Saudis confirmed that much, adding that they deployed special forces into the area to recover the two pilots, who apparently were able to survive the crash.

The Houthis shot down the F-15 fighter with a ground-to-air missile, the Houthi-affiliated Saba news agency reported, citing the army's statement.

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.

Even in the past, Saudi Arabia has lost several warplanes and helicopters during its military campaign but has not acknowledged it was due to Houthi attacks.

Riyadh, which is also witnessing a massive shake-up inside the regime, blames Iran, a strong backer of Houthi rebels and a regional rival of Riyadh, for supplying Houthis with arms.

The United Nations says it is giving its largest emergency relief allocation ever, $50 million, to Yemen to help the more than 22 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.


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