Yemen's Houthi Rebels Shoot Down Saudi Warplane Over Sanaa

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The GPC said it was still open to dialogue and "national reconciliation". He said the new funding will go toward the most vulnerable people in 27 districts at risk of starvation, and to other areas where conflict has recently escalated.

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. Lowcock said he remained deeply concerned by the deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the country although there has been progress in the past month in opening Yemen's critical Red Sea ports to commercial fuel and food shipments, as well as the resumption of humanitarian shipments and flights.

Saudi Arabia has been engaged in the Yemen conflict, one of the worst man-made disasters in recent decades, targeting Houthi rebels for almost three years.

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A Saudi-led coalition plane went down in northern Yemen on Sunday. Saudi Arabia had 82 Tornados in service as of 2011, and contracts with BAE for upgrades to keep them operational through 2025.

This is his first visit to Yemen since his appointment to seek arrangements for holding talks planned by the United Nations between the Yemeni warring parties, the Iranian-allied Shiite Houthi rebels and Saudi-backed Sunni government of exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The conflict - widely seen as a proxy war between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran - has displaced more than 2 million people, caused a cholera epidemic and pushed the country to the brink of starvation.

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