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Saudi drone downed in Jizan as Yemenis step up counter-attacks

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This video grab by Yemen's al-Masirah TV purportedly shows a Saudi drone catching fire after being targeted by Yemeni missiles.

Yemen’s ruling Houthi Ansarullah movement says that its military has successfully shot down a Saudi spy drone flying near Yemen’s northern borders.

The Houthis said in their official TV channel al-Massirah that the Saudi drone had been downed in Juhfan region in Saudi Arabia's southern province of Jizan.

Yemeni air defense units have successfully targeted Saudi drones over the past weeks. A squadron of such drones was shot down last week in Jizan’s Tawal region, the area where the Yemenis had targeted other unmanned planes earlier in July.

Houthi-led forces also shot down three Saudi drones in Jabal al-Daoud region in Jizan last month.

Yemen’s attacks on Saudi military targets have been meant to compensate Riyadh’s incessant bombardment of civilians in the impoverished country.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in Yemen since Saudis started their military aggression in March 2015 as they sought to restore power to a fugitive president.

Earlier in Saturday, Yemeni army forces targeted a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southern province of Najran with a domestically-manufactured ballistic missile.

A military official said that Yemeni missile defense units had hit a newly-built military base in the southern parts of the Saqqam area with Badr-F ballistic missile.

Dozens of Saudi-led mercenaries stationed in the base were either killed or wounded, said the official.

Saudi Arabia’s years-long military aggression has taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories.

The United Nations has already warned that more than 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.

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