Saudi-led alliance helicopter in Yemen ‘forced landing’

He further called on the global community to open Sana’a airport as soon as possible, because the 30 million Yemeni citizens are deprived of their travel rights through the capital airport.

WAM said the helicopter crashed in Yemen’s Shabwa province due to a technical malfunction. Current death toll is more than 10.000 people, while humanitarian disaster escalated with a starvation and the cholera outbreak of more than 300.000 recorded cases of infection.

The Saudi-led coalition supporting the Yemeni government against rebels had initially played down Friday evening’s incident, saying that the pilot had been forced to make an emergency landing “resulting in minor injuries to the crew”.

Another five injured soldiers were taken to hospital in Mukalla in the neighbouring province of Hadramawt, they said.

The Saudi-led coalition began a military air campaign in March 2015 to roll back Houthi gains and reinstate exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government to the power.

Earlier this month, UAE-trained Yemeni special forces backed by the United States launched a major operation against al-Qaeda in Shabwa, driving it out of most of the province.

The coalition last month banned a United Nations flight carrying humanitarian aid workers and journalists from taking off from Djibouti to Sanaa.

Shabwa has seen USA airstrikes targeting Yemen’s local branch of al-Qaida amid the Saudi-led war.

She blamed security agents loyal to “the fascist coup alliance”, a reference to the Houthis and Saleh, who have established a transitional administration in Sanaa to rival the Aden-based Hadi government.

“I have no information on the incident, so I can not confirm or deny”, he told Anadolu Agency.