[image: Tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels ride on a patrol truck during a gathering aimed at mobilizing more fighters into battlefronts in several Yemeni cities, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.]
SANAA - Yemen’s Houthi rebels have downed Saudi Arabia’s military helicopter in Jizan province in the south-west of the kingdom, a military source in the Yemeni Defense Ministry told Sputnik on Thursday, adding that all crew members have been killed in the crash.
"Air defense of Ansar Allah [Houthi movement] has downed an Apache helicopter of the Saudi army while it was flying over Jahfan in Jizan [province]," the source said.
All crew members have been killed in the crash, according to the source.
Riyadh has not commented on the issue yet.
[image: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Saudi, Arabia Raed bin Khaled Qrimli at the ceremony to present credentials of foreign ambassadors to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Grand Kremlin Palace's Alexander Hall] © SPUTNIK/ ALE The accident took place hours after Houthi militants claimed they had struck down an Arab coalition drone on Wednesday night over the southwestern Saudi region of Asir.
The attacks occur amid the reported attempts by Yemeni government forces and the Saudi-led coalition to seize Al-Hudaydah, a strategic stronghold of the Houthis link and a key entry point for humanitarian aid. As Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Daghr stated, cited by Anadolu, the combined troops have already liberated 85 percent of the territory seized by the Houthis.
Last week, the spokesman for the Arab coalition reported that Saudi Arabia's air defense forces destroyed a ballistic missile link launched by Yemeni Houthi rebels over Jizan province, which regularly comes under missile bombardment of the Houthis. According to Saudi Arabian Envoy to the United States Khalid bin Salman, the Houthis had fired 140 missiles at Saudi targets since the start of the military conflict in March 2015.