Houthis claim to have shot down Saudi plane

25 May 2015

Riyadh declined to comment on the claims by Shia forces in Yemen

Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed to have shot down a Saudi Arabian fighter plane on the outskirts of Sanaa, according to media reports.

There was some initial confusion as to the claim due to a Houthi military official claiming the aircraft was a F-16 fighter, although this was later corrected to a F-15 by the Yemen Defence Ministry. Saudi Arabia has no F-16s in service.

Riyadh refused to comment on the claims, although photographs showing only a missile and auxiliary fuel tank led to scepticism by some observers due to a pilot being able to jettison both of these items.

Heavy fighting continues in Yemen and the Saudi-led coalition has maintained its heavy bombing of Houthi positions.  

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