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Yemeni forces shoot down another Saudi-led reconnaissance drone in Jizan

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 photo shows the wreckage of a drone belonging to the Saudi-led military coalition after it was intercepted and targeted by Yemeni fighters in Yemen’s western coastal province of Hudaydah on December 30, 2019. (By Yemen’s Operations Command Center)

Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from the Popular Committees, have intercepted and targeted an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the Saudi-led military coalition while flying in the skies over the kingdom’s southern border region of Jizan.

The media bureau of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement announced in a statement that Yemeni air defense forces and their allies shot down the drone as it was on a reconnaissance mission over al-Dayer area of the region, situated 966 kilometers (600 miles) south of the capital Riyadh, on Wednesday evening.

The development came a day after the spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree said Yemeni forces and their allies had shot down a Saudi-led spy drone as it was flying in the skies over al-Tina area of the Hayran district in Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah.

Saree identified the downed aircraft as a Chinese-made Phantom unmanned aerial vehicle.

Yemeni air defense forces and their allies shot down a Turkish-built Vestel Karayel drone with a precision missile on Monday.

The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces said at the time the aircraft was struck as it was on a surveillance mission over al-Salif coastal village in Yemen’s western province of Hudaydah.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah movement.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past four and a half years.

The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.

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