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Saudi-led coalition in Yemen shoots down Houthi drone

Saudi-led coalition in Yemen shoots down Houthi drone

The Saudi-led coalition reported on shooting down an explosives-laden drone. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonged to the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, said Saudi Press Agency.

The drone sent by the Houthi movement was shot down by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on Friday. The UAV was an explosives-laden flying device, which was moving towards the Yemeni border, a coalition spokesman Turki Al-Maliki said in a statement.

The Saudi-led coalition continuing fighting in Yemen, and the drone was deliberately sent to target civilians and residential areas in the south of Yemen. The coalition, however, gave no details on which city in Yemen the UAV was launched from and where it came down in the south.

So far, the Houthi officials made no statement on the incident.

Yemen continues to live in chaos, which has started in 2014 when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa. The crisis escalated in 2015 when the Saudi-led coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi territorial gains.

According to the UN, more than 100,000 Yemenis are believed to have been killed in the conflict. The war in Yemen led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with millions at risk of starvation.