06:05 GMT23 January 2021
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    A Saudi prince and several government officials have reportedly died in an aircraft crash in Saudi Arabia near the Yemen border.

    A helicopter carrying Saudi government officials has crashed in the southwest Asir Region of the country, media reported.

    Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, the deputy governor of the Asir region, and several senior regional government officials had died in the crash, according to Al Arabiya. Search operation for the wreckage of the helicopter is currently under way, according to media reports.

    ​Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, the son of Prince Muqrin al-Saud, former Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, was also a member of the House of Saud, and an advisor at the court of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

    Saudi Arabian Asir Region borders with Yemen in the south. Yemen has been in the grip of a brutal civil war since 2015. In March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries launched airstrikes against the Houthi Shia movement at the request of the internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.


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