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Iran-backed Houthis claim responsibility for Saudi jet crash in Yemen

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A Saudi fighter jet crashed in conflict-torn Yemen, the Riyadh-led military coalition supporting the government announced Saturday, as the Iran-backed Houthi militia said they downed the plane, AFP reported.

The Tornado aircraft came down on Friday in northern Al-Jawf province during an operation to assist Yemeni government forces, the coalition said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

It did not specify the fate of the crew or the cause of the crash.

The Houthis' Al-Masirah television said the jet was downed by the militia using an "advanced surface-to-air missile".