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Yemeni Rebels Claim Downing of Saudi Coalition Drone

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SANAA (Sputnik) - Yemen’s Houthi rebels told Sputnik they had struck down an Arab coalition drone on Wednesday night over the southwestern Saudi region of Asir.

"The drone was downed during a confrontation with troops loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi near the border crossing in Asir in Saudi Arabia’s southwest," a member of the opposition movement said.

The Arab coalition has not commented on the incident. The Saudi-led alliance of mostly Persian Gulf nations has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request since March 2015.

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Previous week, the spokesman for the Arab coalition reported that Saudi Arabia's air defenses destroyed a ballistic missile launched by Yemeni Houthi rebels over Jizan province.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia leading a coalition of several Arab and African states launched a military intervention in Yemen in a bid to restore the government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi who was toppled in a series of uprisings staged by the Houthi rebels and fled to Riyadh.


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