Yemen shoots down US drone

20 Yemen shoots down US drone

A US army drone was shot down whereas working over the coast of Yemen, unnamed officers informed a number of media shops, pinning the strike on the ruling Houthi faction. The armed militia group beforehand vowed drone and rocket assaults in opposition to Israel amid continued preventing in Gaza.

The MQ-9 Reaper drone was downed in worldwide airspace on Wednesday, officers mentioned, noting that US Central Command is now investigating the incident.

“We are able to verify {that a} US army MQ-9 remotely-piloted plane was shot down off the coast of Yemen by Houthi forces,” a Pentagon official informed ABC Information.

The group additionally shared footage alleged to point out the strike, with an air protection missile seen hitting an plane and erupting into flames.

Earlier on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Houthis – who’ve ruled parts of Yemen since 2014 – mentioned the drone was hit “whereas finishing up hostile, monitoring, and spying operations within the Yemeni territorial waters together with the US army help to the Israeli entity.”

“Hostile acts will not deter the Yemeni armed forces from persevering with to conduct army operations in opposition to [the] Israeli entity in a solidarity to the oppression of Palestinian nation,” the spokesperson added.

Late final month, Houthi officers confirmed that they had launched a number of drones and missiles in opposition to Israel as a present of help for Palestinians in Gaza, and went on to pledge extra assaults.

The US army beforehand mentioned it had shot down projectiles headed in the direction of Israel over the Purple Sea, with a Navy destroyer reportedly intercepting cruise missiles and drones launched by Houthi forces in October.

US officers have additionally confirmed a sequence of “unarmed” surveillance drone flights over the Gaza Strip since Hamas’ lethal October 7 terrorist assault on Israel, however maintained the operations have been meant to find hostages taken by the Palestinian militant group.

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