Houthis Shoot Down Saudi Warplane Over Northern Yemen

Houthis Shoot Down Saudi Warplane Over Northern Yemen

Houthis Shoot Down Saudi Warplane Over Northern Yemen

The plane "had a technical failure at 15:40 (1840 GMT) and crashed... in an area of operations" in Yemen, Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, told AFP.

The Saudi-led coalition fighter jets on Saturday conducted five attacks on Boqa and Atfaeen areas in Kutaf district, and also launched attacks on different areas in Baqem border district, causing damage to public and private properties, Yemen's Saba News Agency reported. Two pilots from the aircraft ejected before it hit the ground. The jet belonging to the Saudi Royal Air Force experienced a technical fault and crashed in the war zone.

It said the Saudi-led coalition conducted a special operation to evacuate the two pilots who survived the crash.

The Tornado is a British-made warplane from BAE Systems, initially introduced in the 1980s and still in use mostly in Western Europe. "Missiles fired at Saudi Arabia belong to Yemen which have been overhauled and their range has been increased", Jafari said.

Over 12,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign. The Houthi rebels in turn regularly respond with missile strikes on Saudi Arabia's infrastructure and cities.

Riyadh, which is also witnessing a massive shake-up inside the regime, blames Iran, a strong backer of Houthi rebels and a regional rival of Riyadh, for supplying Houthis with arms.

The almost three years into Yemen's civil war have killed over 10,000 Yemenis, mostly children, and displaced 3 million others, creating one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

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