Yemen rebels claim drone shot down near Sanaa
October 01 2017 06:12 PM
Yemenis gather around burning wreckage of a drone in the country's capital Sanaa
Yemenis gather around burning wreckage of a drone in the country's capital Sanaa

AFP/Sanaa

Yemen's Houthi rebels, who are locked in a deadly war with the Saudi-supported government, on Sunday said they had downed a drone on the northern outskirts of the country's capital.

Houthi-run media said the Shia rebel camp's anti-aircraft defence had brought down an MQ-9 Reaper, an unmanned aerial vehicle which is produced by the United States. No casualties were reported.
Neither Saudi Arabia nor the United States had yet responded to the report.
An AFP photographer at the scene said dozens of residents rushed to examine the debris from a burning aircraft at the northern entrance to the capital Sanaa, which is controlled by the Houthis and their ally former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The aircraft had no discernible flag, but the Houthi-controlled SABA news agency said the drone had been US-operated.
The MQ-9 Reaper, with a 20-metre wingspan and a maximum payload of more than 1,800 kilograms), can carry a range of weapons including missiles and laser-guided bombs.



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