Houthis Shoot Down Saudi Warplane Over Northern Yemen

Brandon Parsons
January 9, 2018

Colonel Turki Al-Malki, Spokesman of the Joint Coalition Forces, disclosed that a Saudi Royal Air Force fighter jet was exposed to a technical failure after implementing one of the operational tasks to support legitimacy in Yemen, which resulted in its crash inside the operation area with no injuries to the aircraft's crew.

Two Saudi fighter pilots have been evacuated after their jet plane crashed in an operation zone in Yemen, Spokesman of Arab Coalition Forces for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen, Col.

Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out an operation against the Houthis aimed at restoring the government of Hadi.

The Tornado is a British-made warplane from BAE Systems, initially introduced in the 1980s and still in use mostly in Western Europe.

Also on Friday, Saudi Arabia said it intercepted a ballistic missile near the kingdom's border with Yemen, above the southwestern province of Najran.

Over 12,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.

Saudi Arabia has been engaged in the Yemen conflict, one of the worst man-made disasters in recent decades, targeting Houthi rebels for almost three years.

Both Iran and Saudi Arabia, two regional powerhouses with clashing ideologies, share a fractious relationship due to a power struggle over a series of religio-political issues such as the way Islam is interpreted, the Islamic world's leadership and oil exports. The intervention has yielded modest military gains, as large parts of the country are still under control of the Houthi rebel group.

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