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SANAA, Yemen, Oct 28 (NNN-SABA) – Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels, said, they shot down a Typhoon fighter jet belonging to a Saudi-led military coalition, in the north-east of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on Friday evening.

“The air defences of the army and popular forces (Houthi fighters), shot down a Saudi-led coalition Typhoon war plane today (Friday), by a surface-to-air missile, in Nehm district, north-east of Sanaa,” the statement quoted a Houthi military official as saying.

Nehm is about 60 km north-east of Sanaa, where fighting is raging daily, between Houthi fighters, who control the capital, and forces of the Yemeni internationally recognised government, backed by war planes of the Saudi-led coalition.

If confirmed, this fighter jet would be the second plane downed by the Yemeni rebels in less than one month.

On Oct 1, the Houthis fired a surface-to-air missile and shot down a U.S.-made drone, General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, in the north of the capital, Sanaa.

The United States, which is the main supporter of the Saudi-led coalition, fighting Iranian-allied Shiite Houthis, admitted losing its fighter aircraft.

The fierce escalation came after remarks by the Kingdom’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, that his country will continue the war against the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen.

“We’re pursuing until we can be sure that nothing will happen there like Hezbollah again, because Yemen is more dangerous than Lebanon. It’s next to Bab al-Mandab, so if something happens there, that means 10 percent of world trade stops. This is the crisis,” Salman was quoted as saying.



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