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Houthis Seize Unused Missiles From Saudi Jet Downed in Yemen - Reports

© Photo : Twitter/@YemenPostNewsSaudi F16 jet shot down in Bani Hareth
Saudi F16 jet shot down in Bani Hareth - Sputnik International
Unused missiles reportedly have fallen in the hands of Houthi rebels in Yemen after a Saudi jet fighter was downed on the outskirts of the capital, Sanaa.

F-16 jet fighter - Sputnik International
Jet Fighter From Saudi-Led Coalition Goes Missing in Yemen
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Two unused missiles have fallen in the hands of Houthi rebels in Yemen after a Saudi F-16 jet was shot down on the outskirts of the capital, Sanaa, the Yemen Post newspaper reports.

Houthis have sent hundreds of militants to the site of the downed aircraft in search of the pilot, who is still missing, the newspaper said on its official Twitter page in the early hours of Sunday.

The newspaper reports the plane to be a US-made F-16, although the Royal Saudi Air Force is not equipped with such planes. The Air Force's inventory does include F-15s, and the fuel tank photographed among the wreckage may belong to this plane.

The report has not been officially confirmed.

Yemen has been in a state of civil war since 2014, when the opposition Shiite Houthis took control of large parts of the country, prompting President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to seek safe haven in Saudi Arabia.

Houthi militants gesture in the yard of the residence of the military commander of the Houthi militant group, Abdullah Yahya al Hakim, after it was hit by an airstrike, in Sanaa April 28, 2015 - Sputnik International
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In March 2015, a Saudi Arabia-led coalition of mainly Gulf countries launched an airstrikes campaign against Houthi positions in Yemen, following a request from Hadi.

In late April, the coalition announced it would end its military operation in the country, but the airstrikes have continued. On the ground, Houthis have been opposed by forces loyal to Hadi.

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