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Houthis Claim Saudi CH-4 Drone Downed Near Border

Footage showed rebels gathered around the bullet-riddled aircraft of around 1,350 kilograms with an 18-meter wingspan.

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels have shot down a Chinese-made Saudi drone over the country’s central province of Ma’rib on Monday, a Houthi spokesman said.

The CH-4 aircraft was downed by a missile over the Ma’rib’s Medghal district according to Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree, Yemen’s Houthi-owned al-Masirah television network reported.

He added that the drone, operated by the Royal Saudi Air Force, was on a hostile mission.

Chinese-Made Drone

Footage aired by al-Masirah showed rebels gathered around the apparently bullet-riddled aircraft of around 1,350 kilograms with an 18-meter wingspan.

The heavy combat drone, manufactured by the state-run China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, is capable of carrying six missiles and a payload of up to 345 kilograms.

Saudi Arabia has not yet officially responded to the news.

Earlier in August, the rebels claimed they shot down an American-made Saudi drone. The US military, however, denied the allegation.

A year earlier, in August 2019, Houthis took credit for shooting down an American MQ-9 Reaper over territory controlled by the rebels.

The Shiite Houthis have been fighting a Saudi-led and US-backed military coalition since 2015. The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, while millions are displaced and on the brink of famine.

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