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Yemeni armed forces shoot down Saudi coalition’s ScanEagle spy drone over Hajjah province

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 grab, taken from a video released by the media bureau of Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement on January 30, 2022, shows the wreckage of a Saudi US-made ScanEagle reconnaissance drone intercepted and shot down by Yemeni armed forces over Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib.

The Yemeni armed forces have intercepted and targeted a US-built Boeing Insitu ScanEagle spy drone belonging to the Saudi-led military coalition as it was flying over Yemen's northern province of Hajjah.

The spokesman for the Yemeni armed forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said in a post on his Twitter page on Monday that Yemeni air defense units shot down the unmanned aerial vehicle as it was carrying out hostile acts in the sky over the Harad 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 by the Saudi-led coalition for espionage activities.

Yemenis seize strategic region in Ma’rib

The Yemeni armed forces made fresh territorial gains against Saudi-backed mercenaries in the country’s oil-producing province of Ma’rib, seizing control over a strategic region southwest of the provincial capital.

Yemen Press Agency, citing local sources requesting anonymity, reported that the Yemeni troops and their allies have been engaged in fierce clashes with Saudi-sponsored militants loyal to Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi over the past two days.

The sources noted that Yemeni Army troops and Popular Committees fighters launched a large-scale military attack from the eastern flank of the Balaq mountain range and al-Faliha region towards the positions of Saudi mercenaries on the outskirts of the Wadi Ubaidah district.

The Yemeni forces managed to ultimately establish full control over the strategic al-Som region following fierce battles with the militants, which left casualties on both sides.

In an attempt to stop the advance of the Yemeni armed forces, war coalition warplanes launched several air raids on various areas in the eastern part of Balaq Mountains.

Yemeni sources highlighted that al-Som region is of special significance as it sits on major supply routes, and connects the Wadi Ubaidah district to the Dam of 'Arim and the eastern sector of Balaq Mountains.

Furthermore, a senior official from Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement has praised the steadfastness and resilience of Yemeni armed forces and their allies.

Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of Ansarullah’s political bureau, wrote in a tweet that residents from the southwestern Yemeni province of Dhamar have heeded a call by Mahdi al-Mashat, who heads Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, to mobilize forces in order to liberate the occupied Yemeni territories and break the Saudi-led siege.

He expressed hope that the “Yemen Storm” operation will finally rip through Washington as the United States spearheads the Saudi-led military aggression against Yemen.

UAE deploys multinational mercenaries in Hadhramaut

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has deployed mercenaries of various nationalities at al-Rayyan International Airport, which is Yemen’s third-largest, in the country’s southeastern province of Hadhramaut.

Al-Khabar al-Yemeni news website, citing informed sources, reported that Jordanian, Sudanese, and American mercenaries have been deployed at the airport, which was reopened in April last year after being suspended for nearly six years.

Al-Rayyan airport was closed in 2015 when militants with the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorist group took advantage of the Saudi-led military onslaught and completely captured the strategic Yemeni city of Mukalla.

Moreover, Saudi warplanes have launched a new round of airstrikes across Yemen, as the Riyadh regime escalates its aggression against its southern neighbor.

Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported a dozen air attacks on the Harad district in Hajjah province on Sunday evening.

Saudi jets also bombarded Souh and al-Ajasher desert areas close to the kingdom’s southern region of Najran.

Saudi fighter jets carried out an airstrike on the al-Jubah district of Yemen’s central oil-producing province of Ma’rib as well, according to the television network.

Separately, an airstrike was carried out on the Kitaf wa Al Boqe’e district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada.

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war against Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and several Western states.

The objective was to return to power the former Riyadh-backed regime and crush the popular Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

The war has stopped well shy of all of its goals, despite killing tens of thousands of Yemenis and turning entire Yemen into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Yemeni forces have continued to grow stronger in the face of the Saudi-led invaders, advancing toward strategic areas held by Saudi-led mercenaries, including Ma’rib province, and conducting several rounds of counterstrikes against Saudi Arabia and the UAE in recent months.

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