Houthis claim they shot down the missing Moroccan jet

Houthi leader Deif Shami announces Ansarullah Houthi militias shot down Moroccan warplane reported missing on Sunday

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Senior Ansarullah Houthi leader Deif Shami said “the Moroccan warplane belonging to the coalition forces was shot down in Saada province, northern Yemen.”

Shami claimed the wreckage of the warplane is in his militiamen’s possession, with no information over the fate of the pilot, who apparently ejected from the plane before the crash.

“The plane carried out (Saudi-led) raids and  aggression against Yemen” said Shami.

Earlier in the day, Moroccan Royal Armed Forces announced in a statement an F-16 warplane went missing Sunday, during the Saudi-led operations on Yemen’s Saada.

Backed by the United States, a Saudi-led coalition has been conducting air strikes against Houthis and army units loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh since March 26 with the aim of restoring the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Morocco announced its backing of Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the air campaign and has had F-16 warplanes stationed in the United Arab Emirates.

"One of the F-16s of the Royal Armed Force (FAR) made at the disposal of the coalition led by Saudi Arabia to restore the legitimacy in Yemen went missing on Sunday at 6 pm local time," FAR's statement carried by the Moroccan state news agency MAP said.

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