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UAE warplane missing after Yemen sortie

File photo: An F16 fighter jet from the United Arab Emirates at an airbase in Jordan. Credit: Reuters

A fighter aircraft from the United Arab Emirates taking part in coalition fighting in Yemen is missing, the country's armed forces said in a statement via a state news agency.

The armed forces statement said the warplane was taking part in a mission with the Saudi-led alliance was "lost" without releasing further details.

Could ceasefire in Yemen bring hope for peace?

The conflict in Yemen between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to a deposed president has killed nearly 6,000 people since March this year and caused 21 million people to be in need of humanitarian aid.

Today the warring factions gathered in UN talks in Switzerland and the struggle for power appears to be on hold with a ceasefire.

With radical groups using the ongoing violence as a foothold in the Arab world, is there hope for peace in Yemen's largely forgotten war?

ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner reports:


At least 15 killed in gun and bomb attack in Yemen

At least 15 people have been killed and 30 others wounded by masked gunmen in an attack on a checkpoint in Yemen, officials have said.

A group of unidentified militants set off a car bomb and exchanged gunfire with government troops in the fortress city of Shibamin in the Hadramawt province.

The Yemen wing of the so-called Islamic State group has claimed they were responsible for the attack in posts on social media. That claim has not yet been confirmed.

Initial reports had suggested that the attack might be the work of al Qaeda, which controls much of Hadramawt province and has claimed previous attacks on the same checkpoint.

Eight children among dead in air strike on wedding party

At least 27 people, including eight children, have been killed in an air strike on a wedding party in Yemen.

The air strike occurred in the village close to the Red Sea port of Mocha, marked on the map. Credit: Google Maps

A local resident told Reuters that 12 women and seven men died in the strike on the southern village of Wahijah.

A local official put the death toll at 30.


PM 'so pleased' for family of British hostage freed in Yemen

A British national held hostage in Yemen is "safe and well" after being freed by United Arab Emirates forces, David Cameron has said.

The Briton, named by the UAE's state news agency as Douglas Robert Semple, 64, was released in a military intelligence operation.

He had reportedly been working as an engineer when he was kidnapped in February last year.

British hostage freed in Yemen is 'safe and well'

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said a British national who has been freed after being held hostage in Yemen is "safe and well".

The Briton, whose identity has not been revealed, was freed after by United Arab Emirates forces.

The hostage was released after an operation by United Arab Emirates forces in Yemen. Credit: Reuters

I'm pleased to confirm that a British hostage held in Yemen has been extracted by UAE forces in a military intelligence operation.

The British national is safe and well and is receiving support from British Government officials. We are very grateful for the assistance of the UAE.

– Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
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