Saudi officers killed in helicopter crash in Yemen

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Twelve Saudi soldiers, including four officers, were killed on Tuesday when their helicopter went down in Yemen, the Arab coalition fighting Yemeni rebels said in a statement.

Iran-backed Houthi rebels seized the Yemeni capital Sanaa in September 2014, forcing the internationally recognized government to flee the country.

The campaign, which lacks any global mandate and has faced increasing criticism, has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people, a lot of them civilians.

Now the USA military is conducting counterterrorism operations and airstrikes against al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, while a small group of US forces provides limited intelligence and refueling support for the Saudi-led forces fighting the Houthis.

Meanwhile, a mine blast killed a Saudi border guard on Sunday on the kingdom's southern frontier with war-wracked Yemen, the interior ministry said.

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Rights groups have repeatedly criticised the coalition bombing campaign in Yemen for causing civilian casualties. Bahrain also lost five soldiers, though it was not clear if they were killed in the same incident. "This is something with the innocent number of people dying inside Yemen that has simply has to be brought to an end".

Sisi met Saudi King Salman last month on the sidelines of the Arab League summit in Jordan, breaking the ice after months of tensions between the longtime allies.

The goal is for a United Nations team to try to resolve the conflict "politically, as soon as possible", Mattis said.

Multiple rounds of U.N-brokered peace talks have failed to bridge the gap between the warring parties in Yemen.

"We see Iranian-supplied missiles being fired by the Houthis into Saudi Arabia".

According to the state-run news agency MENA, Asiri retracted the statement he released during an interview with Saudi privately-owned news channel Al-Arabyia, in which he said that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi informed Saudi Arabia that Egypt can participate in the Yemen war by almost 40,000 conscripts on the ground.

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. Coalition officials said they were preparing for the recapture of the Red Sea port city of Hoedida.

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