Houthi forces shoot down alleged Emirati spy drone

Houthi forces in Yemen shot down a drone allegedly utilized by the United Arab Emirates for espionage at present.

“Our air forces, by the grace of God, were able to down a Chinese-made spy drone belonging to the Emirati air force,” Houthi army spokesperson Yehya Sarie mentioned on Twitter.

The unmanned aerial car, a Wing Loong 2 plane, was flying over the Usailan district in southern Yemen’s Shabwah province when Houthi forces shot it down with a missile, Sarie added.

The Emirati army didn’t instantly touch upon the incident.

Shabwah province is managed by the Southern Military Council. The council helps autonomy for southern Yemen and is nominally allied with the Saudi-led army coalition preventing the Houthi rebels. The UAE supplies appreciable assist to the council and straight controls some ports in its territories, together with the Balhaf port in Shabwah. The UAE mentioned it eliminated its army forces from Yemen in 2020.

The incident got here at a time of excessive tensions over the Emirati position within the Yemen battle. Earlier this week, Houthi forces seized a UAE-flagged vessel within the Red Sea, accusing it of transporting army tools. The Saudi-led coalition mentioned the ship was carrying medical provides.


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