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Yemeni Army Shoots Down 2 Saudi Spy Drones over Al-Jawf, Jizan Provinces

27 February 2017 13:59

 

The Yemeni Army and popular forces shot down two Saudi spy drones flying over al-Jawf in Northern Yemen and Jizan provinces Southwest of Saudi Arabia.

The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were brought down after they were intercepted over the strategic regions in al-Jawf and Jizan provinces.

“The first drone was downed in al-Aqaba region of al-Jawf province and the second drone was brought down as it was flying over al-Fariza military base in Jizan province on Sunday,” a military source said on Monday.

The Yemeni Army and Ansarullah fighters have shot down several Saudi-owned UAVs and fighter jets across the country since the beginning of the Saudi-led invasion against the impoverished country.

In relevant remarks on Saturday, informed military sources disclosed that the Yemeni army and popular forces shot down a Saudi-led coalition fighter jet in the Kingdom’s province of Najran.

“An F16 fighter jet of the Saudi-led Jordanian air force was downed by the Yemeni forces’ air defense system in Najran province in Southwestern Saudi Arabia on Friday,” the Arabic-language Sabanet news agency quoted a Yemeni military source as saying.

The source did not provide any further detail about the downing of Jordan’s F16 fighter jet.

Also in a relevant development in late January, the Yemeni army’s air defense systems downed an Apache helicopter belonging to the Saudi-led troops in the coastal city of al-Mukha in the Western part of Ta’iz province in Southwestern Yemen.

The US-made helicopter was downed in al-Mukha region contrary to Saudi regime’s allegations that they have taken full control over al-Mukha’s port area in the past two days.

The chopper was brought down as it was attacking the positions held by the Yemeni army and popular forces.

In mid-October, the Yemeni military forces also reported they had shot down a spy drone over Jizan province.

In late September, the Yemeni military forces also reported they shot down a spy drone over the country’s capital, Sana’a.

On Tuesday, a senior Yemeni official said the Saudi-led troops have been doing their best to take control of Bab al-Mandab, but to no avail.

“The Saudi-led troops are conducting military operations with the support of the international intelligence services because Bab al-Mandab is highly-important for the US and its regional ally Israel,” a senior military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told FNA.

He, meantime, reiterated that the Yemeni navy has threatened to drown more Saudi-led vessels in Bab al-Mandab region.

The Yemeni commander reiterated that the battle with the Saudi-led forces have intensified in Dhubab and al-Mukha regions, and said, hundreds of forces loyal to former fugitive Yemeni President Mansour Hadi who enjoyed the aerial support of the UAE and Saudi fighter jets were killed in both regions.

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