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

August 2, 2020.-  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.

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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.


Featured image:  A Houthi fighter mans a machine gun mounted on a military truck. © Reuters / Khaled Abdullah