Yemen Shoots Down US Surveillance Drone Over Nation's Capital

Trevor Jackson
Октября 3, 2017

The initial report came from the Houthi-controlled news outlet SABA, which stated that Houthi air defence forces destroyed the $US16 million ($20.4 million) reconnaissance drone near Yemen's capital city of Sanaa.

Later, the Houthis carry away the drone's debris and placed them in the back of a Toyota pickup truck, according to Reuters. Video posted on Twitter by journalist and author Babak Taghvaee shows the drone hurtling toward the ground while on fire and captures a crowd gathering around the wreckage.

It crashed on the outskirts of the capital around 11 a.m. local time, according to Reuters. Brown provided few details, saying the incident was "under investigation".

The spy drone was a US-made MQ-9 Reaper, the source added.

There was no comment from either the Houthi group or the Saudi-led coalition on the claim. The Pentagon did not say whether the drone was on a surveillance mission or was to combat AQAP.

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More than 8,500 people have since been killed and almost 49,000 wounded in the conflict, according to the World Health Organization.

The Houthi movement and its ally former president Ali Abdullah Saleh control much of northern Yemen, including Sanaa, and are battling a Saudi-led coalition that is trying to restore the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The MQ-9 Reaper is a long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft mostly used by the U.S. Air Force.

An armed USA drone was shot down in western Yemen on Sunday, the Pentagon confirmed Monday.

Five civilians were killed and eight wounded on Monday in an air raid on a rebel-held town in south Yemen, an official said, days after the United Nations agreed to investigate war crimes in the country.

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