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May 11, 2015

Moroccan F-16 jet crashes in Yemen rebels claim responsibility

A Moroccan F-16 fighter jet has reportedly crashed in Yemen while carrying out a mission with the Saudi Arabia-led forces.

By Samseer M

A Moroccan F-16 fighter jet has reportedly crashed in Yemen while carrying out a mission with the Saudi Arabia-led forces.

Morocco is one of the eight Arab states to have joined Saudi-led military intervention against the Shia rebels in Yemen.

Saudi-led coalition spokesman brigadier general Ahmed Asseri was quoted by Reuters as saying: "Now there’s confirmation that the plane fell and its location has been determined.

"The fate of the pilot remains unknown, but from the platform of Al Arabiya we hold the Houthi militias and their allies responsible for the safety of the pilot."

"Morocco is one of the eight Arab states to have joined Saudi-led military intervention against the Shia rebels in Yemen."

Meanwhile, the rebels have claimed that they have shot down the aircraft.

The photos published on social media showed the downed aircraft, which was bearing a Moroccan flag on, surrounded by armed tribesmen and children. A corpse also was also visible in the scene, The Guardian reported.

Currently, Morocco has six F-16 jets stationed in the United Arab Emirates to support the coalition.

The latest incident follows after Saudi Arabia offered a five-day truce to allow the delivery of humanitarian supplies in Yemen.

Rebels had reportedly said that they will respond ‘positively’ to the ceasefire offer by the Saudi-led coalition, BBC News reported.

The Saudi-led coalition has been conducting air strikes in Yemen since March this year in a bid to restore the government of exiled president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

The coalition currently receives logistical support from the US, the UK and France.

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