UAE fighter jet missing after combat in Yemen

Published March 14th, 2016 - 07:59 GMT
Men walk past the aftermath of fighting against al-Qaeda in the Mansura district of Aden, Yemen. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)
Men walk past the aftermath of fighting against al-Qaeda in the Mansura district of Aden, Yemen. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)

AFP reports that an Emrati fighter jet in a Saudi-coalition combat mission in Yemen has gone missing.

This jet is the first Emrati jet to be lost during fighting in Yemen since the air campaign began in March 2015.

"The Supreme Command of the Armed Forces announced today that a fighter jet taking part in the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia... in Yemen was missing," said a statement from UAE's state WAM news agency.

According to witnesses and officials, the jet was seen crashing into mountains near Yemen's port city, Aden. The Saudi-led coaliiton was carrying out airstrikes on Monday morning against a suspected militant presence in the area. 

"We saw Apache helicopters fire rockets and open machine gunfire at Al-Qaeda militants" in Aden's Mansura district, a witness reported to AFP.

Various sources reported to AFP that hundreds of armed Al-Qaeda militants are active in Mansura.

Both Al-Qaeda and Daesh have conducted bombings in Yemen in recent months, though they have not been officially linked to the crash of the Emrati jet. 


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