Yemen Houthi rebels claim they’ve downed Saudi fighter jet as fighting intensifies

May 25, 2015 | By | Reply More

May 25, – Rebels are claiming to have shot down a Saudi Arabian fighter jet on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen, a Houthi military official said, but the Yemeni Embassy in Washington denied the claim as the Saudis remained silent.

hromedia Yemen Houthi rebels claim they've downed Saudi fighter jet as fighting intensifies arab uprising2The Houthi official said the downed jet was an F-16, and several images published online — including on the Yemen Post’s Twitter and Facebook feeds — showed a purported image of the jet ablaze along with a photo of a piece of metal with the words, “Royal Saudi Air Force.”

Heavy artillery clashes between Yemen’s dominant Houthi rebel group and local fighters shook the southern cities of Taiz and Dalea on Monday, residents said, and a Yemeni official said U.N. peace talks set for Geneva later this week had been delayed.

Militiamen seized the main security directorate and strategic mountaintop buildings from the Houthis in Dalea, a bastion of a secessionist movement in Yemen’s formerly independent south, much of which has been destroyed in more than two months of fighting.

Ten soldiers loyal to the Houthis and three southern militiamen were killed, fighters and residents said.

In the southern city of Taiz, Houthi fighters pushed back tribal and Islamist militiamen amid heavy street combat, and Arab air raids hit a military base loyal to Houthis in the capital Sanaa on Monday.

A Saudi-led coalition has been bombing the Iran-allied Houthis for months and supporting Yemeni fighters opposing the groups in battle lines drawn across the country. Saudi Arabia and Gulf powers are concerned that the Houthi Shi’ite Muslim movement’s allegiance to Iran will give the Islamic Republic a foothold in the Arabian Peninsula.

Houthi rebels seized two unexploded missiles from the site, and the pilot remains missing, the Yemen Post tweeted. One of the photos that the paper posted appeared to show an intact missile.

The news service later reported, citing the Yemen Defense Ministry, that the plane was an F-15, not an F-16.

They could find no record of the Saudi military possessing F-16s, but it does have many F-15s.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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