Monday, February 17, 2020
The strikes came after Huthi fighters claimed to have downed a Saudi Tornado jet with an advanced missile. Riyadh admitted "collateral damage" from its mission to rescue the pilots and said it had evacuated injured civilians. After the US killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in early January, Huthi leaders expressed renewed solidarity with military backer Tehran. A period of relative calm was in mid-January overtaken by a new bout of intense fighting, with Huthi advances against coalition forces in western Jawf and Marib.