Houthis say their forces downed coalition 'MQ9' plane in Hodeida

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-06-07 | Since 4 Month

A coalition drone Houthis say they downed in Sa'ada

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The Houthis said Thursday their forces downed a US-made 'MQ9' droneof the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni western governorate of Hodeida, hours after the group claimed to shoot down another plane in the Saudi southern province Najran.

"Air defenses shot down a US 'MQ9' attack drone over Hodeida," Houthi spokesman said on Facebook, "after it had breached the Sweden pact."

"The plane was targeted with suitable surface-to-air missile, as the air defenses are continually improved to protect Yemeni skies and obtain full sovereignty," Yahiya Sarei added.

Earlier on Thursday, the Sana'a-based Saba reported that a coalition scouting plane had been downed inthe Saudi southern province Najran.

The air defenses shot down a scouting plane off Sodais in Najran, the news agency quoted unnamed military source as saying, without further details on how the plane was downed or on its type.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a military coalition in Yemen since 26 March 2015, in support of forces loyal to President Hadi to retake areas controlled by Houthi (Ansarullah) group seen as proxy for Iran in the Arab Peninsula country.

Yemen 4-year war has left most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection - including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition - and healthcare service mostly inadequate to treat preventable diseases.

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