Saudi Tornado GR4 Fighter Bomber Crashes In Yemen Due To Technical Error

Kristen Gonzales
January 9, 2018

Multiple Saudi and Emirati fighter jets have crashed over Yemen, killing the pilots on board, in the almost three years since the kingdom launched a war against the rebels.

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. Riyadh has confirmed the downed jet belonged to the Saudi Royal Air Force.

The Saudi-led coalition has intervened in the Yemeni conflict since March 2015 to roll back the Houthi rebels and support the internationally recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was forced into exile by the Houthis.

The statement comes following the claim made by Houthi rebels that they shot down a Tornado GR4 fighter bomber in the northern province of Saada on Sunday, the Houthi-controlled Saba news agency reported.

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Shiite rebels in Yemen, known as Houthis, have previously aimed missiles at Saudi Arabia. Lowcock said he remained deeply concerned by the deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the country although there has been progress in the past month in opening Yemen's critical Red Sea ports to commercial fuel and food shipments, as well as the resumption of humanitarian shipments and flights. The intervention has yielded modest military gains, as large parts of the country are still under control of the Houthi rebel group.

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

The Saudi-led coalition began its military campaign in Yemen almost three years ago in an attempt to propel ousted President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi back to power and to prevent Houthi rebels from taking control of the country.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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