Plane crashes into houses in Yemen

A Yemeni military plane has crashed into a neighbourhood in the country’s capital, Sanaa, killing at least nine people and injuring 18, medical and security officials said.

The plane crashed during a training exercise, according to interior ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Mawry.

It hit two houses in the al-Qadissiya district, Mr al-Mawry said. The pilot was also killed in the crash.

He did not give a reason for the crash but said military experts were investigating the incident.

A witness, Ahmed Fathi, said he saw five bodies taken away by an ambulance.

Mr Fathi, who lives in the neighbourhood, also said two houses were completely destroyed in the crash and that people were still believed to be under the rubble.

The neighbourhood is close to the main city square that was the epicentre of Yemen protests in the past two years.

Medical officials said the civilians killed in the crash included three women, two children and four men. They said there were more victims under the rubble.

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