Bahraini jet in Saudi-led coalition crashes in Jizan

Bahraini jet taking part in the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen crashes in Southern Saudi Arabia

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Armoured vehicles drive along a road during a fight against Houthi rebels in an area between Yemen's northern provoices of al Jawf and Marib on December 26, 2015

A Bahraini F-16 fighter jet taking part in the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen crashed in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, according to a coalition statement on the Saudi state news agency.

The jet came down due to a technical error in the Jizan region, but the jet’s pilot survived the crash. No further details were mentioned in the statement.

Also on Tuesday, Bahrain's official news agency BNA reported that three of its servicemen were killed along Saudi Arabia's southern border in an accident, without providing any more details.

The Saudi-led Coalition was forged in March, and intervened in neighbouring Yemen to battle Iranian backed Houthi rebels who are fighting the country’s lawful government headed by President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Scores of ground forces from Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have been killed since the start of the conflict.

Twelve countries are a part of the Sunni coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which hosts the Yemeni president in its capital Riyadh.

The war in Yemen has triggered an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. The UN has declared the situation in Yemen to be a level-three humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale, after about 80 percent of the country’s population fell into dire need of humanitarian aid.


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