PICTURE USED TO ILLUSTRATE STORY: A Singapore Air Power F-15SG fighter jet participates in an aerial show on the Singapore Airshow in Singapore on February 13, 2020.
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A Saudi fighter jet crashed in conflict-torn Yemen, the Riyadh-led navy coalition supporting the federal government introduced Saturday, because the Iran-backed Huthi rebels mentioned they downed the aircraft.
The Twister plane got here down on Friday in northern Al-Jawf province throughout an operation to help Yemeni authorities forces, the coalition mentioned in a press release carried by the official Saudi Press Company.
It didn’t specify the destiny of the crew or the reason for the crash.
The Huthis’ Al-Masirah tv mentioned the jet was downed by the rebels utilizing an “superior surface-to-air missile”.
The insurgents reported a number of coalition air strikes on Saturday within the Huthi-controlled space the place the aircraft went down as native residents gathered close to the wreckage, in response to Al-Masirah.
The bombing raids left “dozens” of individuals lifeless or wounded, Al-Masirah added, a declare that would not be instantly verified by native support employees.
The coalition intervened in opposition to the Huthis in 2015, first with air and naval forces and later with floor forces as properly.
The combating has killed tens of 1000’s of individuals, most of them civilians, and sparked what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.
The coalition has been broadly criticised for the excessive civilian loss of life toll from its bombing marketing campaign, which has prompted some Western governments to chop arms deliveries to the international locations participating.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE have bought billions of dollars’ value of weapons from the US, France and Britain.
On Wednesday, the coalition mentioned it could placed on trial navy personnel suspected of being behind lethal air strikes on Yemeni civilians.
The instances being investigated embody a 2018 air strike on a college bus within the northern area of Dahyan that killed at the very least 40 kids, Saudi-based Arab Information mentioned.