Saudi jet fighter downed by Yemenis

Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh

Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh

Pro-Saudi forces continue to try to advance north this weekend toward the port city of Hodeidah, the last port under the control of the Shi'ite Houthis, and the last source of food, medicine, and other aid for the 15 million people in northern Yemen.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen announced that two pilots were evacuated from operations area following a joint search and rescue operation implemented after their fighter jet crashed due to a technical failure.

The GPC elected former deputy premier Sadiq Amin Aburas who is seen as a close ally of Saleh.

The GPC did not mention the Houthis, the group with which Saleh made a coalition.

The conflict in Yemen between forces loyal to the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebels is largely a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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

United Nations deputy envoy Maeen Sharim arrived in Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa on Saturday, a security official at Sanaa airport told Xinhua.

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

Riyadh and its allies intervened in neighbouring Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to push back the Houthis.

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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