Saudi officers killed in helicopter crash in Yemen

Paterniano Del Favero
Aprile 19, 2017

Also on Tuesday, the USA defence secretary James Mattis began a week-long tour of the Middle East and eastern Africa in Saudi Arabia, for talks on regional security, with Yemen and Syria leading the agenda.

The Houthis seized much of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, in a series of military operations that began in 2014, eventually forcing Hadi to flee.

The two-year war has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 civilians and led to the displacement of 3 million Yemenis.

Read the latest on Donald Trump's first 100 days in office. It was the deadliest day for its military in the UAE's 44-year history. Bahrain also lost five soldiers, though it was not clear if they were killed in the same incident.

The kingdom also plans to launch a second bidding round for 400 MW of wind power at a project in Domat al-Jandal in al-Jouf Province by the fourth quarter of this year, which will be followed by 620 MW of solar power, Turki Shehri, head of the renewable energy project development office at the energy ministry told reporters on Monday. He said the Trump administration's goal is for the crisis "to be put in front of a United Nations -brokered negotiating team and try to resolve this politically as soon as possible".

As Saudi Arabia is overcomplying with the OPEC production cuts and showing fellow OPEC members a "lead by example", the Kingdom cut its crude oil exports in February to the lowest level since May 2015, while Saudi refineries processed record amounts of supply for domestic use.

"As you know, Russia's President invited the King of Saudi Arabia to make an official visit to Russian Federation". Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also Saudi defense minister, met Trump at the White House last month.

A Black Hawk helicopter crashed killing the 12 personnel on board, the Saudi Press Agency reported, citing a coalition statement.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive military campaign to fight Yemen's Shia Houthi militia group and support the country's Saudi-backed government.

The Saudi-led coalition has recently made gains against the Houthis in western Yemen but fighting on other fronts, including Marib, has been static, with little ground changing hands.

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