Yemeni fighters shot down Saudi spy drones near Najran

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

The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said the Yemeni fighters shot down the drone on Friday afternoon, Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported.

The drone was targeted three days after an unnamed source in the Yemeni air defense forces told the media bureau of the Houthi Ansarullah movement that Yemeni fighters had shot down a drone as it was on a reconnaissance mission over al-Kasarah area of Najran.

On December 7, Yemeni forces and their allies shot down a Saudi-led unmanned aerial vehicle as it was flying in the skies east of Jabal al-Alam mountainous area in Jizan.

Ansarullah said at the time that the drone was targeted with a missile as it was conducting “hostile acts” in the area.

Yemeni air defense forces had shot down a Saudi-led drone as it was on a reconnaissance mission over Jahfan district of Jizan two days earlier.

Saree wrote in posts published on his Twitter page on December 4 that Yemeni forces and their allies had shot down a drone over Jizan, and another over Asir region.

On December 1, another drone of the same type was targeted over Hayran district in Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah.

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 the 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 war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. 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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