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Yemeni Forces Down Saudi-Led Coalition’s Drone in Hudaydah

Forces of the Yemeni army and their allied fighters from the Popular Committees, intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the Saudi-led coalition over the skies of country’s strategic western province of Hudaydah.

The media bureau of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement announced in a statement that Yemeni air defense forces and their allies shot down the armed drone over Hays district on Monday evening.

On February 12, the spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Saree, said Yemeni air defense forces and their allies had shot down a Chinese-made CH-4 combat drone belonging to the Saudi-led coalition over Medghal district in Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib.

The CH-4 drone has a 3,500- to 5,000-kilometer range and a 30- to 40-hour endurance. It is also capable of carrying six missiles and a payload of up to 250-345 kilograms.

The unmanned aerial vehicle can fire air-to-ground missile from altitude of 5,000 meters, therefore it can stay outside of effective range of most anti-aircraft guns.

Meanwhile, the spokesman for the Yemeni Ministry of Public Health and Population, Dr. Najeeb al-Qubati, has called on the United Nations to assume its responsibilities, and work to stop the Saudi-led coalition aggression and lift the crippling siege.

Qubati urged the world body to exert pressure on member states of the Saudi-led alliance to stop their crimes against Yemen civilians – the last of which took place in the al-Hawak district of Hudaydah province on Sunday when a Saudi-led combat drone struck a residential building, leaving five civilians dead and several others injured.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power and crushing the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement.

According to the United Nations, 80 percent of Yemen’s 30 million people need some form of aid or protection. About 13.5 million Yemenis currently face acute food insecurity, UN data shows.

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