The Yemeni army says it shot down a Saudi spy drone over the oil province of Marib, where the Yemeni armed forces, backed by allied fighters from the People’s Committees, are advancing towards the Saudi-backed forces.
Yemeni Armed Forces spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Saree said in a statement Friday evening that Yemeni forces succeeded in shooting down another American-made Boeing Insitu ScanEagle because “it was carrying out hostile actions ago. some time in Sirwah district airspace in the Northwest Province.
The statement, broadcast by the Yemeni Arabic-language television station al-Masirah, added that the spy drone was shot down with “an appropriate weapon”.
Yemeni forces also on Wednesday shot down a Chinese-made CH-4 spy drone in al-Wadi district airspace and another ScanEagle drone over al-Jubah district in the same province.
Yemeni air defense units also shot down another ScanEagle drone in the skies over al-Jubah district in Marib on Saturday last week, and three days earlier managed to bring down a CH-4 combat drone with a surface-to-air missile on Harf Sufyan district of Amran province, northwest Yemen.
Since January, Yemeni forces have shot down at least eight ScanEagle reconnaissance drones, many over areas controlled by the military and Allied People’s Committee forces in Marib.
Marib province has been a hotspot of fighting between Yemeni and Saudi-backed forces.
Saudi Arabia, supported by the United States and its regional allies, launched war on Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing back to power the government of former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and crushing the popular resistance movement Ansarullah.
The war has claimed hundreds of thousands of Yemeni lives and displaced millions more. It also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.
Despite Saudi Arabia’s relentless bombardment of heavily armed Saudi Arabia against the impoverished country, the Yemeni armed forces and popular committees have steadily strengthened themselves against the Saudi invaders and have left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.