Yemeni forces say they have intercepted Saudi-led reconnaissance drone
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Yemeni forces say they have intercepted Saudi-led reconnaissance drone

An unnamed source in the Yemeni air defense forces told the media bureau of the Houthi Ansarullah movement that Yemeni forces and their allies shot down the drone while on a reconnaissance mission east of the mountainous Jabal al-Doud district of the region, located 967 kilometers southwest of the capital Riyadh, on Wednesday afternoon. The development came less than a week after Yemeni air defense forces and their allies intercepted a spy drone launched by the Saudi-led military alliance in the kingdom's same region. On June 23, Yemeni air defense forces and fighters from Popular Committees shot down a drone belonging to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen over al-Sadis area of Saudi Arabia’s southern border region of Najran. A day earlier, Yemeni air defense forces and their allies had downed a drone as it was flying over al-Mazraq area in the Harad district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah, located approximately 130 kilometers northwest of Sana’a. Yemeni army forces and fighters from Popular Committees shot down a spy drone of the Saudi-led military coalition in the skies over Hudaydah on June 21. 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 Yemen's 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 Saudi-led war has claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016. 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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