An armed man walks on the rubble of houses destroyed by an air strike near Sanaa Airport March 26, 2015.
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Shiite rebels in Yemen claimed Monday to have shot down a Moroccan F-16 fighter jet taking part in a Saudi-led coalition targeting them and their allies, just a day before a five-day humanitarian cease-fire was set to begin. Morocco's military, however, only would say that the jet had gone missing around 6 p.m. Sunday.Saada also borders Saudi Arabia. The rebels and their allies in Yemen's splintered armed forces routinely fire anti-aircraft guns at warplanes launching strikes in the country since the Saudi-led campaign began March 26 . Morroco's state news agency MAP, citing a military statement, said the pilot of a second jet said he didn't see the pilot of the missing fighter eject. If confirmed, the Moroccan F-16 would be the second jet fighter to go down in the conflict. The raging conflict in Yemen has killed over 1,400 people -- many of them civilians -- since March 19, according to the United Nations.
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