UAE Armed Forces Say Fighter Jet in Yemen Missing

Soldiers from the United Arab Emirates walk past a military vehicle at the airport of Yemen's southern port city of Aden. UAE armed forces said in a statement that a fighter jet taking part in the coalition in Yemen is missing. REUTERS/Nasser Awad

DUBAI, March 14 – A United Arab Emirates fighter plane taking part in Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen is missing, the UAE armed forces said in a statement on state news agency WAM on Monday without giving further details.

The armed forces said in a short statement that the jet taking part in the fighting was “lost”.

Riyadh and a coalition of Arab states entered Yemen’s civil war a year ago, in an attempt to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh ousted him from power.

There was no immediate comment from the Saudi-led coalition.

At least two jets from the alliance have crashed since the start of the campaign.

In May 2015 a Moroccan F-16 warplane crashed while on a mission with the alliance in Yemen, and the Houthi militia said tribesmen had shot down the aircraft.

In December that year a Bahraini F-16 jet from the coalition crashed in Yemen’s neighbour, Saudi Arabia, after suffering from a technical fault.

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