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Yemeni forces bring down Saudi spy drone in Jizan

21 February 2016 14:50



Yemeni forces have successfully brought down a Saudi spy drone in the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Jizan, reports say.

Yemeni media said a technical team of the army and allied Houthi Ansarullah fighters managed to bring down the aircraft intact on Sunday.

Saudi authorities have not yet released any comment on the incident.

In another development, the Yemeni army fired a Qaher 1 ballistic missile at a gathering of the Saudi-backed militants loyal to Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, in the Maraziq dessert in Jawf Province. There were no immediate reports of possible casualties and the extent of damage.

Yemenis gather at the site of a house destroyed by a Saudi airstrike in the capital, Sana’a, January 25, 2016. ©AP

Saudi airstrikes continue unabated

Saudi warplanes continued airstrikes against various parts of Yemen on Sunday. Two dozen people, including 10 children, lost their lives in strikes on the Hidan district of Yemen’s northern province of Sa’ada.

Riyadh’s fighter jets also bombarded the Sahar district of Sa’ada and a number of areas in Ma’rib Province. The Yemeni capital city of Sana’a, too, came under frequent Saudi bombardment.

Saudi Arabia began its deadly campaign against Yemen in late March 2015. The strikes have been meant to undermine Ansarullah and restore power to Hadi.

Over 8,300 people have been killed and more than 16,000 others injured since Riyadh launched the campaign. The Saudi war has also taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s facilities and infrastructure.

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