Houthis Claim They Shot Down Saudi Tornado Warplane

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Houthis Claim They Shot Down Saudi Tornado Warplane

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UPDATE: According to the pro-Houthis al-Masirah TV, Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out five airstrikes on the wreckage of the downed Tornado IDS.

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The Houthis announced late on February 14 that the Yemeni Air Defense Force had shot down a Tornado IDS combat aircraft of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).

Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Yemeni group, said that the Saudi combat aircraft was shot down over the northern Yemeni province of al-Jawf after conducting “hostile acts.”

According to the spokesman, an advanced anti-aircraft missile equipped with new technology was used to shot down the Tornado IDS.

“The skies of Yemen are not for picnic, and the enemy must consider this a thousand times,” Brig. Gen. Sari said.

The RSAF operates more than 80 Tornedo IDS, a part of them was upgraded to the GR4 standard. The agreement to purchase the Tornado was part of the controversial al-Yamamah arms deal between British Aerospace and the Saudi government in the 80s.

The Saudi-led coalition has not commented on the Houthis’ claims, thus far. The upcoming few hours will likely reveal more information about the alleged incident.

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