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UAE Armed Forces says jet missing in Yemen

Aircraft missing during Operating Restoring Hope

UAE Armed Forces says jet missing in Yemen
United Arab Emirates (UAE) F-16 fighters. (Getty Images)

The UAE Armed Forces has said that one of its fighter jets has gone missing in Yemen.

In a statement run by state news agency WAM, the Armed Forces said that the incident took place during Operation Restoring Hope, the Saudi-led intervention in the country.

Riyadh and a coalition of Arab states entered Yemen's civil war a year ago, in an attempt to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh ousted him from power.

There was no immediate comment from the Saudi-led coalition.

At least two jets from the alliance have crashed since the start of the campaign.

In May 2015 a Moroccan F-16 warplane crashed while on a mission with the alliance in Yemen, and the Houthi militia said tribesmen had shot down the aircraft.

In December that year a Bahraini F-16 jet from the coalition crashed in Yemen's neighbour, Saudi Arabia, after suffering from a technical fault.

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