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Yemeni army releases footage of downing Saudi US-made spy aircraft

This grab taken from a video released by the media bureau of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement on June 21, 2021, shows the interception of a Saudi US-made ScanEagle reconnaissance drone over Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib.

The media bureau of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah movement has released the footage of interception and shooting down of a Saudi US-made spy drone while on a mission over the battle front in the country’s strategic central province of Ma’rib.

The video shows Yemeni armed forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees firing a domestically-developed surface-to-air missile at the Boeing Insitu ScanEagle drone as it is carrying out hostilities in the skies of al-Mushajah area in Sirwah district.

The Boeing Insitu ScanEagle is a small, long-endurance, low-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing, and is used for reconnaissance.

The spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said in a post published on his Twitter page on Sunday that Yemeni army troops and Popular Committees fighters had targeted the drone.

He stressed that Yemeni Armed Forces would “spare no effort in carrying out their responsibilities in protecting Yemeni airspace & countering all hostilities.”

Saudi-led coalition impounds ship carrying fuel oil off Yemen coast: YPC

Meanwhile, the Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC) says the Saudi-led coalition waging a devastating war on Yemen has detained a ship carrying energy derivatives destined for the war-wracked Arab country.

The company’s spokesman, Essam al-Mutawakel, announced on Monday that a tanker loaded with 23,066 tons of fuel oil is impounded off the coast of Yemen. Two more ships carrying crude oil and fuel are moored off the Yemeni shores as well.

Speaking at a protest rally outside the UN office in Sana'a on June 7, Mutawakel called for an immediate end to the brutal siege against Yemen and seizure of oil vessels, which have left the nation in desperate struggle to survive amid a harsh shortage of fuel.

He stated at the time that the United Nations should take a prompt action to lift the blockade on Sana’a International Airport and Ras Isa oil terminal as soon as possible.

The YPC spokesman highlighted that the arbitrary detention of the vessels off the coast of Yemen for different time periods has increased demurrage fees to some 5 billion Yemeni rials.

The Yemen Petroleum Company says the continued confiscation of oil tankers contradict earlier remarks by the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths before the Security Council on January 16 and October 22, 2019, during which he claimed that ships carrying energy derivatives enter the port of Hudaydah without any obstacles.

The company also notes that the Saudi-led coalition continues to besiege the Yemeni nation through maritime piracy, which aims to hinder the arrival of vessels carrying oil derivatives, natural gas, food, medicine and other basic commodities to Hudaydah, despite the fact that the ships had earlier acquired necessary permits in Djibouti under the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen (UNVIM).

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and regional allies, launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing popular Ansarullah movement. 

Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees have, however, gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

The Saudi war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. The war has also destroyed Yemen's infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases across the country.

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