The Saudi military has lost a helicopter in April 18, 2017 in Yemen, Marib province, with 12 officers killed, Saudi media reports. This incident marks the largest kingdom’s death toll up to day since the onset of the military intervention in 2015. The Yemeni military claims the accident was a result of a friendly fire.
Saudi SPA news agency announced that the Black Hawk was downed in al-Tadaween area, east of Yemen’s capital Sanaa, which is inhabited by pro-Saudi groups who are in conflict with the Houthis. Yet they did not elaborate about the circumstances of the accident.
Yemeni Defense Ministry news portal referring to a high-rank officer made a statement that a missile had hit the helicopter 5 km away from its departure. It is still unclear who was beyond the attack.