SANAA, Yemen, Yemen's Houthi rebels, claimed they shot down a fighter jet of the Saudi-led military coalition, though Saudi media reported it only crashed due to technical problem.

The jet was shot down in the northern province of Saada, a news agency reported.

"The air defence of the army and popular forces (Houthi fighters) shot down a Saudi-led coalition combat aircraft today," the report said, citing a Houthi military official.

The report added that the plane is a "Tornado GR4," without providing further details.

But Saudi media reported, a plane of the coalition crashed in Saada of Yemen, and its pilots were later rescued.

The Saudi-led coalition has been conducting regular surveillance operations and air-strikes on Yemeni territories controlled by the Houthi rebels, as part of its war on Yemen, that began in 2015.

The coalition began a military air campaign in Mar, 2015, to roll back Houthis' gains, and reinstate exiled President, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and his government, to power.

It has also imposed an air and sea blockade on Yemen, to prevent weapons from reaching the Houthis, who seized the capital Sanaa and most of the northern Yemeni provinces.


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