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    Yemeni Army Claims Hundreds of Saudi Vehicles, Numerous Aircraft Destroyed

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    Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Sharaf Ghalib Luqman said that Yemen's armed forces have destroyed dozens of tanks, hundreds of armored vehicles, as well as numerous military aircraft belonging to the Saudi-led coalition since the beginning of its military intervention.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) Yemen's armed forces have destroyed dozens of tanks, hundreds of armored vehicles, as well as numerous military aircraft belonging to the Saudi-led coalition since the beginning of its military intervention, army spokesman Brig. Gen. Sharaf Ghalib Luqman said Tuesday.

    "Dozens of tanks and hundreds of armored vehicles were burned, some of them became our trophies and are now being used," Luqman told RIA Novosti.

    "We have shot down ten Apache attack helicopters, three F-16 fighter jets and a lot of drones," he added.

    Sharaf Luqman represents Yemeni loyalists of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh who are fighting alongside Houthis against the supporters of internationally-recognized President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

    Since early 2015, Yemen has been locked in a military conflict between the Houthis, the country’s main opposition faction, and pro-government forces.

    Last March, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states began airstrikes against Houthis in Yemen at the request of Hadi.

    The rising death toll among the civilian population prompted the United Nations to mediate a ceasefire between the Saudi coalition and the Houthis in December for the time of the intra-Yemeni talks in Geneva, although hostilities continued.

    On Tuesday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon again urged all parties in Yemen as well as regional powers to commit to a comprehensive ceasefire to resume the delayed peace talks.


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