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Saudi helicopter crash kills two on Yemen border: Coalition

AFP
Published Aug 22, 2015, 7:24 pm IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 3:02 am IST
Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels said that they had shot down a Saudi Apache
The Apache helicopter went down in the Jazan region of the kingdom and an inquiry had been launched into the causes of the crash. (Photo: AFP)
 The Apache helicopter went down in the Jazan region of the kingdom and an inquiry had been launched into the causes of the crash. (Photo: AFP)

Riyadh: A helicopter from the Saudi-led forces battling anti-government fighters in Yemen crashed along the Saudi border, killing the two pilots, the coalition said on Saturday.

"The two pilots fell as martyrs when their aircraft crashed while they were defending the borders of Saudi Arabia from these aggressors," the coalition said in a statement published by the official SPA news agency.

 

It said that the Apache helicopter went down in the Jazan region of the kingdom, adding that an inquiry had been launched into the causes of the crash.

Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels said Friday night that they had shot down a Saudi Apache in the same region.

The rebel-controlled Saba news agency cited a military source saying the Huthis had also destroyed six Saudi military vehicles in the area.

Saudi Arabia has led a coalition of predominantly Sunni Arab countries conducting air strikes on anti-government fighters in Yemen since late March.

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