Yemeni air defenses down enemy warplane in Southern #Jawf Province - Spokesperson

Yemeni air defenses down enemy warplane in Southern #Jawf Province says Spokesperson Brigadier General Yahya Saria, Press tv reported.

The Ansarallah forces shot down a Tornado jet as it was carrying out airstrikes over the Al-Jawf Governorate of northern Yemen. “It was shot down by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile,” he said.

The Houthis claimed downing 'Tornado' warplane carrying out 'hostile missions was also confirmed by Sputnik reports.

Houthis' military spokesperson Brigadier General Yahya Saria claimed that the rebel movement had allegedly hit an "enemy jet" over the northern part of Yemen, adding that the newly-developed technology has enabled downing of the target.

Houthis claimed that they have downed a Tornado warplane - a particular type of jet that comprises the air fleet of the Saudi-led coalition - with a cutting-edge surface-to-air missile. There has been no statement issued by Riyadh or the Saudi-led coalition regarding the alleged incident.

“By the grace of God and his kindness, the Yemeni air defenses were able to shoot down a Tornado warplane over the sky of the Al-Jawf Governorate as they were carrying out hostile missions. It was shot down by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile”, Saria said on Twitter.

بفضل الله وكرمه الدفاعات الجوية اليمنية تتمكن من إسقاط طائرة حربيه نوع تورنيدوا في سماء محافظة الجوف وهي تقوم بمهام عدائية
وقد تم إسقاطها بصاروخ أرض جو متطور ويمتلك تكنلوجيا حديثة.
فسماء اليمن ليست للنزهه وعلى العدو ان يحسب الف حساب لذاك .— العميد يحيى سريع (@army21ye) February 14, 2020

​Yemen has been engulfed in an armed conflict between the government forces led by President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebels since 2015. The country’s north, including the capital of Sanaa, is controlled by the Houthi movement.

In the most recent wave of escalation in late January, 80 people were killed and dozens more injured in a missile attack on a Yemeni military camp in the country’s northeast. UN Special Envoy on Yemen Martin Griffiths then arrived in Sanaa to hold talks with the Houthis on reducing the military escalation between the warring parties.

The war-torn nation has also been hit by a severe humanitarian crisis caused by the ongoing military conflict. According to the United Nations, some 22 million people in Yemen – or 75 percent of the country’s population – are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Earlier this week, the United Nations said it could reduce the humanitarian assistance to the northern Yemeni areas over the new restrictions imposed in the Houthi-controlled areas. 

Similar statements have been made by the United Kingdom and the United States.

The latest downing of this aircraft by the Ansarallah forces has not been confirmed by the Arab Coalition frighting in Yemen however, the Ansarallah (Houthi) forces typically release footage a day after these incidents.

According to Press TV reports, the Yemeni army has devised and manufactured its own ballistic missiles and combat drones, which has changed power balance against the failing Saudi-led coalition.

In March 2015, Saudi Arabia, with the help of a number of its allies, particularly the United Arab Emirates (UAE), launched a brutal military campaign against impoverished Yemen, whose former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi had fled to Riyadh a few months earlier after stepping down the previous year.

The Saudi-led campaign, code-named Operation Decisive Storm, was launched to achieve two main objectives: bringing Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, back to power, and crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, whose fighters have proved to be of significant help to the Yemeni army in defending the Arab country against the invaders since the onset of the imposed war.

However, despite spending millions of dollars and employing foreign mercenaries, particularly from Sudan, the Saudi regime has deeply bogged down in Yemen and has practically failed in achieving both of its objectives.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past nearly five years.

The Saudi-led coalition has put Yemen under a tight naval blockade as it also imposed a crippling blockade on the capital’s international airport, one of the lifelines of the county for the past three years or so.

The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.

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