Saudi led military coalition F - 15 fighter jet shot down, claim Yemeni forces

Saudi led military coalition F - 15 fighter jet shot down, claim Yemeni forces

ISLAMABAD - A spokesman for the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen, Lt. Col. Turki Al-Maliki, called the Houthi claims of intercepting and downing a Saudi aircraft “baseless and unfounded”, cited by the kingdom's state-owned Saudi Press Agency (SPA) link.

Al-Maliki noted that what was published earlier link in the day was in reference to a previous and unsuccessful attempt that took place on 1 July, 2018, describing the newly made claim by the Houthis as "a continuation of its deliberate falsification methodology”.

On Wednesday, the Houthi militia alleged that they had "intercepted" an F-15 jet belonging to a Saudi-led coalition member force.

Yemen's armed Houthi political opposition faction have repeatedly claimed responsibility for attacks on Saudi's planes, drones and facilities.

The latest major attack - which Houthis have also claimed responsibility for - occurred on 14 September, after combat drones caused major damage and fires at two major oil facilities run by the kingdom's state-owned Saudi Aramco petrochemical giant. The September attack reportedly interrupted and suspended the nation's oil production for over a week.

Yemen has been engulfed link in a violent conflict between the government headed by Yemeni President-in-exile Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi opposition movement, also known as Ansar Allah.

Since March 2015, a Saudi-led military coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries has been carrying out link airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request, Sputnik has reported.