Houthis Shoot Down Saudi Warplane Over Northern Yemen

Party of Yemen's slain Saleh elects new chief

United Nations undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, Mark Lowcock, who approved the allocation on Friday, said there must be reduction both in fighting on the ground and airstrikes, which have greatly intensified in recent weeks.

Earlier Friday, Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi said the rebels in Yemen must immediately stop all crimes committed against politicians and civilians.

Al-Mekhlafi said the rebels must also back the three references for a political solution in Yemen, including the Gulf Initiative, outcomes of the Comprehensive National Dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216. The Houthi rebels in turn regularly respond with missile strikes on Saudi Arabia's infrastructure and cities.

Saudi warplanes have been such a common sight over northern Yemen it seems nearly impossible how few Yemeni anti-aircraft weaponry have actually managed to target. "Missiles fired at Saudi Arabia belong to Yemen which have been overhauled and their range has been increased", Jafari said. Saudi Arabia had 82 Tornados in service as of 2011, and contracts with BAE for upgrades to keep them operational through 2025.

The Saudi-led coalition has been conducting regular surveillance operations and airstrikes on Yemeni territories controlled by the Houthi rebels as part of its war on Yemen that began in 2015.

The International Red Cross said there are one million suspected cases of cholera in Yemen, and more than 80 percent of Yemenis lack food, fuel, clean water and access to health care.

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