RIYADH (Dispatches) – Saudi Arabia said Saturday one of its warplanes was shot down over a mountainous northern province in Yemen while providing air support to its proxies waging the kingdom’s war on the impoverished neighbor.
The Houthi movement said Riyadh later carried out retaliatory airstrikes that killed at least 30 civilians.
Saudi Arabia’s state-run news agency quoted military spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki as saying that the tornado warplane belonging to Saudi Arabia’s air force was shot down over the province of Jawf on Friday.
Yemeni forces said they shot down the warplane with an advanced surface-to-air missile.
Saudi warplanes later targeted people who had gathered near the wreckage of the jet on Friday evening.
The health ministry in Al-Jawf province said women and children were among those killed in the Saudi airstrikes, Al-Masirah TV reported. It cited difficulty in confirming the number of victims as body parts were scattered over the targeted area.
The ministry said aid workers could not reach the site of the attack due to continuous flights by Saudi warplanes over the area.
"As usual, when the most brutal U.S.-Saudi aggression receives painful strikes in the military confrontation fields, it replies with great folly by targeting civilians,” spokesman for Yemeni armed forces Yahya Saree said.
In a relentless campaign, Saudi airstrikes have hit schools, hospitals and wedding parties and killed thousands of Yemeni civilians. Yemeni forces have used drones and missiles to attack Saudi Arabia in retaliation.
In January 2018, Yemeni forces said they had shot down a Tornado fighter jet and an F-15 warplane.
The Saudi war has killed over 100,000 people and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, leaving millions suffering from food and medical shortages.