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Yemeni forces shoot down Saudi reconnaissance drone over Hudaydah

This file picture shows the wreckage of a Saudi drone shot down by Yemeni forces in an undisclosed location. (Photo by the media bureau of Yemen’s Joint Operations Command Center)

Yemeni army soldiers, supported by allied fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, have managed to shoot down a Saudi unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as it was on a reconnaissance mission in Yemen’s western coastal province of Hudaydah.

Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, citing an unnamed official from Yemen's air defense unit, reported that the Saudi reconnaissance drone was shot down as it was flying in the skies over al-Fazah area south of the provincial capital city of Hudaydah, located 150 kilometers southwest of the capital Sana'a, on Wednesday evening.

Earlier in the day, scores of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen's former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi lost their lives and sustained injuries when Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees struck their positions in the Sadah area of al-Maslub district in Yemen’s northern province of al-Jawf.

Meanwhile, a Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Yemeni forces and their allies had fired a domestically-manufactured ballistic missile at a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Najran in retaliation for the Saudi regime’s military campaign against their crisis-ridden homeland.

In this file picture, Yemeni forces prepare to launch a domestically-manufactured Badr-1 ballistic missile at a military site in Saudi Arabia. (Photo by the media bureau of Yemen’s Operations Command Center)

The source said the short-range Badr-1 missile struck a newly-built base in the western sector of the region, located 844 kilometers (524 miles) south of the capital Riyadh, on Wednesday morning.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of Hadi back to power and crushing the country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Some 15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of the Saudi-led aggression.

More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world's worst humanitarian disaster.

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