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Saudi-led Coalition warplane shot down in Northern Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition battling in Yemen on Saturday revealed that one of its warplanes was shot down in mountainous northern province while involved in assisting the government forces with air support in their fighting of Houthis.

The Tornado aircraft is believed to be shot down by a Houthi missile in northern Al Jawf province on Friday according to coalition’s spokesman Col. Turki Al Maliki who was quoted by official Saudi Press Agency. He didn’t give details about the crew or exact cause of the clash of warplane. The SPA report quoted Col. Al Maliki as saying: “At (2345) Friday, 14 February 2020, a Royal Saudi Air Force Tornado fighter jet crashed while conducting close air support to units of the National Army of Yemen.”

The pro-government Arab Coalition in the country said that its forces have started a search and rescue operation after the downing of the plane.