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Morocco withdraws from the Arab Coalition Forces in Yemen

A Moroccan jet [File photo]

Moroccan newspaper has quoted what it considers as well-informed sources as saying that the Moroccan army has decided to retrieve its squadron of aircrafts from Saudi-led Arab Coalition, which has been waging a war against the Houthis group in Yemen since 2015, and redirect them to the goal of restoring the government’s control over the country.

According to Moroccan website Al-Ayam 24, some observers have linked Morocco’s withdrawal of its squadron to the acceleration of events in the Sahara and the buffer zone. However some commentators consider suggest it is routine redeployment.

The Moroccan website has quoted the “well-informed sources” as saying that under the direction of General Abdelfattah Louarak, head of Royal Armed Forces, a squadron of six planes, which had been sent to the United States improvements, has been ordered to return.

Al-Ayam 24 also revealed that Ansar Allah anti-aircraft weapons have succeeded in shooting down Morocco’s American-made F-16 fighter. In May 2015, the Houthis shot down Morocco’s American-made F-16 fighter and killed its pilot.

Read: Moroccan socialist party calls for country’s withdrawal from Saudi-led military operations in Yemen

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