Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they’ve downed a US-made spy drone

FILE PHOTO: A Houthi fighter mans a machine gun mounted on a military truck. © Reuters / Khaled Abdullah / Free

The Houthi rebels’ air defense has shot down a US-made drone over the Jizan Region of Yemen near the border with Saudi Arabia, their spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, announced.

The small RQ20 Puma hand-launched UAV was hit “by an appropriate weapon,” he added.

Saree didn’t specify if the drone belonged to Saudi Arabia, which has been waging a US-supported military campaign against the Houthis since 2015, or any other party.

The rebels, who control much of the country, including capital Sanaa, have been shooting down UAVs (unarmed aerial vehicles) quite frequently. The most prominent target they destroyed was a $15 million US-operated advanced MQ-9 Reaper attack drone last summer.

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