SANAA, Yemen, Feb 15, (KUNA): The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said Saturday one of its warplanes was shot down over a mountainous northern province while providing air support to government forces fighting the country’s rebels.
Saudi Arabia’s state-run news agency quoted Col Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the coalition, as saying the tornado warplane belonging to Saudi Arabia’s air force was crashed over the province of Jawf last Friday. The report did say whether there were causalities or provide further details. The Houthi rebels said they shot down the warplane with an advanced ground-to-air missile.
The Yemen conflict began with the 2014 takeover of Sanaa by the Houthis, who control much of the country’s north along the border with Saudi Arabia. A Saudi-led military coalition allied with Yemen’s internationally recognized government has been fighting the Iranian-backed Houthis since 2015.