Yemen’s Houthi rebels, backed by Iran and controlling northern Yemen, shot down a warplane on the border with Saudi Arabia. This is reported by Reuters with reference to the official representative of the rebels Yahya Saria.
According to Saria, the plane of “enemy forces” was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. There is no information about the dead or injured at the moment. The Saudi military has also not yet confirmed the crash.
In January, the Houthis claimed to have launched missile strikes against targets of Saudi Arabia’s state-run oil company Saudi Aramco. Last September, Saudi Aramco facilities were already subjected to rocket fire and partially destroyed. The Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack at the time, but the Us blamed Iran, sparking rising tensions between the countries.
The Yemen conflict has been inactive phase since 2014. Houthi rebels are believed to be backed by Iran and Hezbollah. Against them – the army of Yemen and a coalition of Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia.