The US military has rescued two Saudi pilots who ejected from their jet off Yemen’s coast, as the kingdom launched military aggression on Yemen, officials said Friday.
The Saudi F-15 fighter jet appeared to be participating in the operations in Yemen, though a US defense official declined to confirm why the men ejected from the plane or why it went down in international waters late Thursday.
The official said Saudi authorities had enlisted Washington’s help in the rescue efforts.
During a telephone call, King Salman thanked President Barack Obama for the rescue, the White House said.
This came as the Yemeni army announced on Friday it downed a hostile warplane in the area of Bani Ziad, north of the capital, Sanaa.
According to al-Manar correspondent, Yemeni air defense systems repelled the hostile warplane as it was staging air raids against severl targets in Sanaa.
Obama offered US support for the air strikes led by Saudi Arabia and Gulf allies, saying the United States shared a “collective goal” with the kingdom to recover its interests in Yemen.