UAE warplane crashes in Yemen due to 'technical fault'

United Arab Emirates warplane dropped after it crashed in Yemen due to ''technical fault''

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (L), Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, watches the Northern Thunder exercises in Hafr Al-Batin, near Saudi Arabia's border with Iraq, March 10, 2016.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) warplane that crashed in Yemen came down because of a ''technical fault,'' Saudi state news agency SPA said on Monday, giving no details.

The agency quoted a statement from the Saudi-led coalition, saying that two Emirati pilots were also killed when the warplane Mirage crashed.

Previously, the UAE released a statement, saying that one of its warplanes that launches air strikes in Yemen as part of the Saudi-led coalition was missing.

Last year, the Saudi-led coalition started to launch an air strike campaign, targeting Iran-backed Houthi militants who had previously sieged Yemen’s capital Sanaa.

More than 6,000 people have been killed in Yemen while nearly 7.6 million people are ‘’severely food insecure’’ and 3.4 million out of school in the war-torn country.

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