Pentagon Confirms US Military Drone Shot-Down Over Yemen

Cheryl Sanders
August 22, 2019

Houthi rebels claimed its air defenses shot down the drone south of Yemen's capital, Sanaa.

The U.S. has repeatedly accused Iran of providing missiles and other military support to the Houthis, an allegation denied by Tehran.

The New York-based group also said that more than 100 Yemeni fishermen are being held in Saudi Arabia, some of whom have been tortured in custody.

A U.S. made MQ-9 Reaper military drone flies over the city of Mosul, on November 22, 2016, during a massive operation to oust IS jihadists from the country's second city.

Citing two US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, Reuters reports that the MQ-9 drone went down in Yemen's Dhamar province, located southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital of Sanaa.

It said the fishermen waved white cloths, raised their hands, or otherwise showed they posed no threat.

A spokesman for Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebel movement said Tuesday that the group's air defenses had brought down the drone, which they claimed belonged to the us military.

US forces have occasionally launched drone and air strikes against Yemen's al Qaeda branch, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

No official information has been received as to what the objective of the drone was.

"The rocket which hit it was developed locally and will be revealed soon at a press conference", Sarie wrote on Twitter.

This is not the first time a US drone has been shot down in Yemen.

The group urged a United Nations investigation into the attacks, and the UN Security Council on officers and commanders responsible for violations of the laws of war.

Regional foes Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran have been fighting a proxy war for more than four years.

Saudi-led airstrikes have hit schools, hospitals and weddings, killing thousands of Yemeni civilians. Trump later said he had called off the strikes because it could have killed 150 people.

"It appears to have been fired by the Houthis and enabled by Iran", the official said, without providing details or specific evidence.

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