Saudi fighter jet crashes, Yemen rebels claim downing it

09 January, 2018, 02:06 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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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.

It made no mention of the Houthis, but said it would continue to "reject and resist aggression and siege" against Yemen, a reference to a military campaign being waged since 2015 by a Saudi-led coalition.

While Riyadh said the fighter jet had gone down due to a "technical glitch", Houthis claimed they shot it down in the war zone.

Saudi officials don't appear to want to admit to a shoot-down, however, and rather say that the plane crashed on its own do to some as-yet-unspecified "technical fault". Saudi Arabia is known to be the only country in the region to use the Panavia Tornado aircraft.

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"Islamic Republic of Iran has never had the means to send missiles to Yemen and the United States officials know that the missiles fired at Saudi Arabia have been developed by the Yemenis to have a greater range", he added.

The effectiveness of Saudi Arabia's military intervention is severely questioned as a large swathe of territories are still under the control of Houthi rebels.

The Houthi rebels seized Yemen's capital of Sanaa in 2014, forcing the country's internationally recognized president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, to temporarily flee to Saudi Arabia.

He also condemned the awkward silence of the United Nations and worldwide community on the ongoing Saudi war crimes against the Yemeni people.

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