Moroccan fighter jet goes missing in Yemen

Royal Moroccan Air Force F-5E Tiger III during an aerial refueling mission in Africa. (File photo: wikimedia)

A Moroccan F-16 fighter jet taking part in the Saudi-led air campaign against Houthi militias in Yemen has gone missing, Morocco's armed forces said early Monday.

The plane had been missing since 6 p.m. the previous day, a statement carried by the state news agency MAP said.

The pilot of a second jet has said he did not see pilot of the missing jet eject.

The MAP statement said an investigation was under way into the whereabouts of the missing jet.

On Monday, Houthi militias broadcasted a video they said was showing wreckage of the missing jet.

The Houthi TV channel al-Masira said the plane was shot down by tribesmen loyal to the group in Saada province near Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia.

Morocco has six F-16 jets stationed in the United Arab Emirates. It has been taking part in the strikes on the Houthis and militias allied to deposed Yemeni President Saleh since “Operation Decisive Storm” was first launched on March 26.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44