Coalition: Saudi air defense plane crashes south of the country

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Saudi air defenses shot down a plane on Friday and accused Houthi fighters of launching it and targeting civilians, the Saudi-led military alliance in Yemen said.

State television quoted Colonel Turki al-Maliki, a coalition spokesman, as saying that some civilians sustained minor injuries as a result of the wreckage of the plane.

Al Arabiya said the plane was heading towards residential areas in Abha, some 230 km north of the border with Yemen.

Maliki said the debris examination showed the plane had “Iranian characteristics and characteristics.”

The alliance accuses Iran of supplying the Houthis with weapons including warplanes and rockets. Iran and the Houthis deny the accusation.

The Houthis fired dozens of rockets into Saudi Arabia during the four-year conflict, widely seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Saudi army dropped most of the rockets.

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