Yemen's Houthi Rebels Shoot Down Saudi Warplane Over Sanaa

A missile has been fired at Saudi Arabia by Houthi forces

GETTY LAUNCH Houthi forces fired a missile at a Saudi military camp

But Saudi-owned news channel Al-Aribayah contradicted the Houthis, saying that the Saudi-led coalition warplane crashed because of a technical failure and that both pilots survived.

The aircraft went down in Saada province.

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Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh's party named a new leader after he was killed by his one-time allies in the country's civil war, the Houthi movement, last month.

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Aburas, 65, is seen as having been close to Saleh, the long-time Yemeni strongman killed by Huthi gunmen on December 4 after their alliance collapsed.

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.

Before his death, Saleh was in power for three decades in Yemen.

The war between Houthis and the coalition-backed Hadi's government forces has recently intensified in the country's northern province of Jawf and the western Red Sea coasts.

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The Houthi rebels, who are believed to be backed by Iran, stormed Yemen's capital Sanaa in September 2014.

But despite the coalition's superior firepower, the rebels still control the capital and much of the north.

The almost three-year stalemated war in Yemen has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced 3 million, damaged critical infrastructure, fuelled a cholera outbreak and pushed the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of starvation.

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