SANA’A, YEMEN (8:50 P.M.) – On Saturday morning, Yemeni Air Defense officials announced their forces had shot down a Saudi F-15 fighter jet over Saadeh province in northern Yemen.
Today Al-Sahat TV, a satellite channel broadcasting from Beirut, published a video supposedly showing the moment when the warplane was hit by a surface-to-air missile:
As it can be seen on video, the fighter jet was damaged, but onboard systems likely survived the hit enabling pilot to continue flight.
According to Al-Sahat TV, the pilot managed to fly his jet to Saudi airspace. Its fate remains unknown, with some sources saying pilot was able to land the aircraft at a Saudi airbase, while others claim that pilot ejected from the plane which consequently crashed over the territory of Saudi Arabia.
What looks almost unquestionable in this situation is that Yemeni government based in Sana’a and its allies, Houthi movements, demonstrated capabilities to shoot down enemy fighter jets and readiness to use these capabilities.