Yemeni troops shoot down Saudi spy craft

Published December 13th, 2015 - 01:00 GMT
Men stand by a crater in Sanaa, Yemen in 2014. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais)
Men stand by a crater in Sanaa, Yemen in 2014. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais)

Yemeni troops have downed a Saudi Arabian reconnaissance aircraft in the Jihanah district of the Sanaa province.

According to Yemeni security sources, the spy plane was shot down by the Yemeni’s air force in the mountainous regions of the province on Saturday.

An ensuing missile attack by Yemeni forces targeted a Saudi airbase in the kingdom’s southwestern Asir region.

Meanwhile, Yemeni troops carried out a retaliatory attack on a Saudi mercenary camp in the impoverished state's southwestern province of Lahij, destroying a tank and killing two soldiers.

At least 19 mercenaries fighting for Saudi forces were killed in an attack on the southwestern Taiz province. Some 13 others were also killed during an attack in the southwestern province of Dhale.

Earlier in the day, Yemen’s Defense Ministry announced that a Saudi Arabian F-16 jet was downed before landing at an airbase in the Lahij province.

Yemenis carry out these attacks in retaliation for Saudi strikes, launched with the aim of undermining Houthi movement and bringing back to power the country’s embattled president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since the strikes began. The war has also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material

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