Footage shows Yemen’s Ansarullah downing Saudi Tornado fighter
Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah has published a video footage showing it’s shooting down of a Saudi tornado fighter jet launching military operation above Yemeni province of Jawf.
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According to General Yahya Saree, the spokesman for the Ansarullah movement, the aircraft was targeted late Friday night in the province of al-Jawf, which borders Saudi Arabia.
Saree also noted that the multi-role combat aircraft was downed with an advanced surface to air missile.
The video of the downing was released on Saturday by Yemen's Al-Masirah TV.
The TV channel has also released a video of the plane wreckage, and the Houthi fighters searching the crash site.
Following the incident, Saudi warplanes bombarded the area where the fighter jet was downed, killing over 30 civilians.
Back in January 2018, the Yemeni missile units managed to shoot down a Tornado fighter jet and an F-15 warplane. Furthermore, the Yemeni forces have so far shot down numerous Saudi-led combat or surveillance drones as well as a number of helicopters.
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.