Remains of Moroccan pilot allegedly found

Morocco says body of missing pilot found, based on reports from local sources

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Moroccan army announced on Friday that body of missing pilot, whose plane crashed during coalition air strikes as flying over Yemen, may have been found.

According to the claims of Iranian backed Houthi rebels, anti aircraft guns had downed the warplane last Sunday in a Houthi stronghold area of Saada bordering Saudi Arabia.

Moroccan authorities will continue their cooperation with local sources to retrieve his remains, Morocco's Royal Armed Forces said in a statement.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco will send a plane to take his remains back with a group of DNA experts to check and confirm the body.

"Contacts made locally by Moroccan authorities should lead to the repatriation, after the necessary formalities, of the apparent body of the missing pilot," said  Royal Armed Forces in the statement.

A Houthi linked television channel broadcasted on Monday a footage which claimed "the wreckage of a Moroccan fighter jet downed by Houthi militants in Saada's northern Al-Safra district."

The Moroccan army said on Tuesday it is hard to validate authenticity of the photos which broadcasted on television due to plane crashed in hostile territory.

Yemen turbulence continues since the Houthi invasion of capital Sanaa in last September. Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a military campaign against the Houthi rebels to bring back President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi who was exiled on March 25.   

TRTWorld and agencies