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17 February, 2020 12:30:03 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 17 February, 2020 12:04:33 PM
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31 civilians killed in strikes on Yemen after Saudi fighter jet crash

AFP, Dubai
31 civilians killed in strikes on Yemen after Saudi fighter jet crash
This image grab taken from a video released by al-Huthi Military Media Office on Saturday shows Yemenis gathering at the site of the downing of a Saudi Tornado aircraft following an air strike by Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen's northern Al-Jawf province. AFP Photo

At least 31 civilians were killed in strikes on Yemen on Saturday, the United Nations said, following a Saudi-led operation in response to one of its fighter jet crashing, with Iran-backed Huthi rebels claiming to have shot it down.

The Tornado aircraft came down Friday in northern Al-Jawf province during an operation to support government forces, a rare crash that prompted operations in the area by a Saudi-led military coalition fighting the rebels.

The deadly violence follows an upsurge in fighting in northern Yemen between the warring parties that threatens to worsen the war-battered country’s humanitarian crisis.

“Preliminary field reports indicate that on 15 February as many as 31 civilians were killed and 12 others injured in strikes that hit Al-Hayjah area... in Al-Jawf governorate,” said a statement from the office of the UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen.  The UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Lise Grande denounced the “terrible strikes”. “So many people are being killed in Yemen—it’s a tragedy and it’s unjustified,” she said. “Under international humanitarian law parties which resort to force are obligated to protect civilians. Five years into this conflict and belligerents are still failing to uphold this responsibility. It’s shocking,” she added.

The rebels reported multiple coalition air strikes in the area where the plane went down, according to rebel television station Al-Masirah. They said women and children were among the dead and wounded. The coalition conceded the “possibility of collateral damage” during a “search and rescue operation” at the crash site. A coalition statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency did not specify the fate of the crew or the cause of the crash.

But the Huthi rebels released footage of what they called the launch of their “advanced surface-to-air missile” and the moment it struck the jet in the night sky, sending it crashing down in a ball of flames.

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