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Saudi fighter jet crashes, Yemen rebels claim downing it

09 January 2018

The GPC said it was still open to dialogue and "national reconciliation".

He said many people in Yemen are now completely reliant on humanitarian aid to survive. For this to happen, the parties to the conflict must cease hostilities and engage meaningfully with the United Nations to achieve a lasting political settlement.

Earlier this week, the Saudi state media had alleged that the latest Houthi missile attack into southern Saudi Arabia proved that "the Iranian regime remains implicated in supporting the armed Houthis".

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley showed pieces of what she purported to be parts of a missile and claimed that the missiles Yemen fired at Saudi Arabia were provided by Iran. Saudi Arabia had 82 Tornados in service as of 2011, and contracts with BAE for upgrades to keep them operational through 2025.

The Saudi-led coalition began its military campaign in Yemen almost three years ago in an attempt to propel ousted President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi back to power and to prevent Houthi rebels from taking control of the country.

In the meantime, Yemen's Information Minister Abdulsalam Jabir denounced Saudi-led coalition's Friday airstrikes that targeted members of the Yemeni Al-Masira satellite television and killed its cameraman.

The conflict is now widely seen as a proxy war between regional rivals Saudi Arabia - which backs the government - and Iran - which backs the Houthi rebels.

The International Red Cross said there are one million suspected cases of cholera in Yemen, and more than 80 percent of Yemenis lack food, fuel, clean water and access to health care.

Saudi fighter jet crashes, Yemen rebels claim downing it