Morocco says may have found body of crashed jet pilot in Yemen
An F-16 fighter jet crashed during coalition air strikes in Yemen
The Moroccan military said on Friday it may have located the body of the pilot of an F-16 fighter jet that crashed during coalition air strikes in Yemen, and had sent genetics experts to carry out checks.
"Contacts made locally by Moroccan authorities should lead to the repatriation, after the necessary formalities, of the apparent body of the missing pilot," said a statement from the Royal Armed Forces carried by state news agency MAP.
A Saudi-led coalition has been conducting air strikes against Houthi militia and army units loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh since March 26 with the aim of restoring exiled President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi.
The Moroccan warplane went missing last Sunday, and Houthi militia said anti-aircraft guns had downed the jet in a remote area of the northwestern province of Saada -- a Houthi stronghold bordering Saudi Arabia.
The army statement did not say whether Houthis had cooperated to locate or identify the body.
A five-day humanitarian ceasefire came into force late Tuesday in Yemen, with international aid agencies hoping to get emergency supplies to some 2.5 million Yemenis who have been deprived of food, fuel and medicine during the fighting.
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