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Saudi jet shot down in Yemen as clashes partially destroy frontier crossing

saudi-yemen-border-clashesA Saudi soldier fires a mortar towards Houthi movement position, at the Saudi border with Yemen         Reuters file photo
A Saudi jet has been reportedly shot down in northwestern Yemen as clashes near the Saudi Arabia-Yemen destroyed frontier crossing.

The F-16 fighter jet, flown on behalf of the Saudi-led coalition pounding Shi’ite Houthi rebels in Yemen, was brought down in Bani Harith district of the northern part of capital Sana’a.

According to Iran’s state-run Press TV, two unexploded rockets were found inside the fighter aircraft, which was operating from Yemen’s al-Dailami air base.

Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia and its allied forces have been carrying out airstrikes in Yemen against Houthi rebels, who are widely thought to be backed by Shi’ite-inclined Iran.

In another development, Saudi forces and Houthi militia have been trading heavy artillery fire near the border crossing.

Saudi Arabia shares a 1,800km-long porous border with Yemen.

The Haradh border crossing was partially destroyed during latest skirmishes, reported Reuters citing eye-witnesses.

The crossing, which is the largest for passenger and goods transit, was already evacuated before the shelling.


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