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Military helicopter crashes in Yemen’s capital, 9 killed

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Nine deaths and 22 injuries were reported on Tuesday after a military helicopter crashed in Change Square in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, an Al Arabiya correspondent reported.

The pilot and six civilians were killed in the crash which occurred near the square, an epicenter of the revolt that ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011.

The toll is expected to rise as the aircraft crashed and badly damaged a building which houses residences and shops, AFP news agency reported.

Television footages showed thick black smoke billowing from the burning wreckage of the aircraft as residents gathered around it.

In November, an Antonov M26 of the Yemeni air force crashed during a training mission in a northern district of Sanaa, killing all 10 occupants.