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World Saudi fighter crashes in Yemen, rebels say plane shot down

20:30  15 february  2020
20:30  15 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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A Saudi fighter jet has crashed in Yemen , the Riyadh-led military coalition supporting the government said . The Iran-backed Houthi rebels said they had downed the plane . The Tornado aircraft came down on Friday in northern al-Jawf province during an operation to assist Yemeni government forces

Image caption Houthi fighters say they downed the warplane (file picture). A warplane belonging to the Saudi -led coalition fighting in Yemen has crashed in the northern province of al-Jawf. Yemen 's Houthi rebels said they shot down the plane . The Saudi -led coalition has been battling the rebel

A Saudi fighter jet crashed in conflict-torn Yemen, the Riyadh-led military coalition backing the government said Saturday, as the country's Iran-backed Huthi rebels claimed to have shot it down.

a airplane that is driving down the road: Saudi Arabia has been leading a controversial bombing campaign against rebel-held areas of Yemen since 2015© FAYEZ NURELDINE Saudi Arabia has been leading a controversial bombing campaign against rebel-held areas of Yemen since 2015

The Tornado aircraft came down Friday in northern Al-Jawf province during an operation to support government forces, the coalition said in a statement, in a rare crash that marks a setback for a military alliance known for its air supremacy.

The statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency did not specify the fate of the crew or the cause of the crash, which comes amid an upsurge in fighting between the warring parties that threatens to worsen Yemen's humanitarian crisis.

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The Huthi rebels said they will release footage showing the launch of its "advanced surface-to-air missile" and the moment it downed the jet.

"The downing of a Tornado in the sky above Al-Jawf is a major blow to the enemy and an indication of remarkable growth in Yemeni (rebel) air defence capabilities," Huthi spokesman Mohammed Abdelsalam tweeted.

The insurgents reported multiple coalition air strikes on Saturday in the Huthi-controlled area where the plane went down as local residents gathered near the wreckage, according to the rebels' Al-Masirah television.

The bombing raids left "dozens" of people dead or wounded, Al-Masirah added, a report that could not be immediately verified by local aid workers.

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Saudi plane crash : Fighter jet ' shot down by rebels ' in Yemen . According to reports, the Saudi -led coalition launched several airstrikes on Houthi positions across war-affected Yemen after Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile at Riyadh that was intercepted near the Saudi Arabian capital.

Iranian-backed Houthi rebels said they shot down a Saudi -led coalition fighter jet over Yemen 's Sanaa province on Sunday, according to Saudi Arabia is the only country operating Tornadoes in the region, according to Al Masdar News. The conflict in Yemen between forces loyal to the government

The escalation follows fierce fighting around the Huthi-held capital Sanaa, with the rebels seen to be advancing on several fronts towards Hazm, the regional capital of Al-Jouf.

The province of Al-Jouf has been mostly controlled by the Huthis, but with its capital still in the hands of the Saudi-backed government.

The coalition intervened against the Huthis in 2015, first with air and naval forces before ground forces were also brought into the fray.

The fighting has killed tens of thousands of people, most of them civilians, and sparked what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

If the Huthi claim is confirmed, the rare downing of a coalition warplane signals the rebels' growing military arsenal.

"At the start of the conflict the Huthis were a ragtag militia," Fatima Abo Alasrar, a scholar at the Middle East Institute, told AFP.

"Today they have massively expanded their arsenal with the help of Iran and its proxy Hezbollah," Lebanon's powerful Shiite movement.

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Yemeni rebels claim they downed a Saudi F-16 fighter jet which crashed in the district of Bani Crash happened as Saudi launched new wave of airstrikes. Fighter jet had conducted raids against Today's plane crashed as Saudi -led warplanes launched more air strikes across Yemen targeting

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Yemen's Huthi rebels are in possession of new weapons similar to those produced in Iran, according to a UN report obtained by AFP earlier this month, in potential violation of a UN arms embargo.

Some of the new weapons, which the rebels have possessed since 2019, "have technical characteristics similar to arms manufactured in the Islamic Republic of Iran," said the report, compiled by a panel of UN experts tasked with monitoring the embargo.

The panel didn't say whether the weapons were delivered to the Huthis directly by the Iranian government, which has repeatedly denied sending them arms.

The coalition, separately, has been widely criticised for the high civilian death toll from its bombing campaign, which has prompted some Western governments to cut arms deliveries to the countries taking part.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have purchased billions of dollars' worth of weapons from the United States, France and Britain.

On Wednesday, the coalition said it would put on trial military personnel suspected of being behind deadly air strikes on Yemeni civilians.

The cases being investigated include a 2018 air strike on a school bus in the northern region of Dahyan that killed at least 40 children, Saudi-based Arab News said.

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