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Houthis claim responsibility for Saudi jet downed in Yemen

Saudi Fighter Jet Crashes In Yemen As Rebels Take Responsibility Saudi fighter jet crashes in YemenWorld
Deanna Wagner | 16 February, 2020, 16:40

Thirty-one civilians were killed in Yemen on Saturday in retaliatory air strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition.

Saudi Arabia backs Mr Hadi, and has led a coalition of regional countries in air strikes against the rebels.

The experts also said a review of the coalition's Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT), set up by Saudi Arabia to review alleged violations, had raised "concerns as to the impartiality of its investigations and the thoroughness and credibility of its analysis and findings".

However, the SPA report quoted Col. Al-Maliki as saying: "At (2345) Friday, 14 February 2020, a Royal Saudi Air Force Tornado fighter jet crashed while conducting close air support to units of the National Army of Yemen".

The bombing raids left "dozens" of people dead or wounded, Al-Masirah added, a claim that could not be immediately verified by local aid workers.

The number of suspects and their nationalities were not immediately known.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition confirmed on Saturday that a Saudi fighter jet had crashed during an overnight operation in Yemen, but did not address the causes of the crash at length.

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The fighting has killed tens of thousands of people, a lot of them civilians, and sparked what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

United Nations experts have said the coalition may be responsible for war crimes.

If confirmed by an independent and competent court, numerous violations identified "may result in individuals being held responsible for war crimes", they said in a statement.

But the latter said they had based their findings on more than 600 interviews with victims and witnesses, as well as documentary and open-source material.

The Houthis claimed responsibility for the shooting down of the Tornado warplane.

Worldwide aid group Save the Children condemned the air raids, saying they showed that the conflict in Yemen was "not slowing down".

Around mid-September a year ago, Yemeni Houtis claimed to have orchestrated the deadly drone attack on Saudi oil facilities- Abqaiq and Khurais, which are the largest in the world.