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Saudi warplane crashes in Yemen; pilots escape

Saudi warplane crashes in Yemen; pilots escape
From Al Jazeera - January 7, 2018

A warplane from the Saudi-led military alliance fighting inYemenhas crashed after suffering a "technical failure", a coalition statement said.

However, Houthi rebels claimed on Sunday they shot down the plane, a British-made Tornado fighter jet, according to rebel-run al-Masirah television.

The aircraft went down in Saada province. The Saudi-led coalition carried out a special operation to rescue the two pilots, who both survived the crash uninjured.

The incident comes as the General People's Congress (GPC), the political party of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, chose its new leader on Sunday after Saleh was killed by his former Houthi allies in early December.

The GPC elected former deputy premier Sadiq Amin Aburas who is seen as a close ally of Saleh.

Aburas, 65, will lead the GPC until its next general assembly, a date for which could not yet be set "because of the current difficulties", a statement said.

The GPC did not mention the Houthis, the group with which Saleh made a coalition.

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