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Saudi pilot dies during operation against al-Qaeda in Yemen

The Saudi pilot's death is the second coalition loss this week [File photo: AFP]

Date of publication: 14 September, 2017

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A Saudi pilot has died in Yemen, the kingdom's state news agency reported, during an operation in the Abyan region against al-Qaeda.
The Saudi-led coalition at war in Yemen says a Saudi pilot has died due to a technical failure in the region of Abyan during an operation there against al-Qaeda.

The statement, published Thursday in the state-run Saudi Press Agency, says the incident occurred on Wednesday evening.

It is the second death this week of a coalition pilot. On Monday, authorities said an Emirati pilot was killed due to a technical malfunction, without elaborating.

Saudi-led forces launched an air campaign in Yemen in March 2015 against Shia rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies. Al-Qaeda has taken advantage of the chaos to seize territory in Yemen.

The fighting has killed more than 10,000 civilians, displaced over 3 million people and pushed the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of famine.

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