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VIDEO SHOWS MQ-9 REAPER BEING SHOT DOWN IN YEMEN BY HOUTHI FORCES

“A military source said (Houthi) air defense shot down a U.S. MQ-9 surveillance drone in Jader area in the Sanaa province,” Houthi-controlled state news agency SABA

Taken on Oct. 1, 2017 the following video shows an American MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) shot down by Yemen’s Houthi forces over Sanaa.

As reported by Reuters the Houthi movement and its ally former president Ali Abdullah Saleh control much of northern Yemen, including Sanaa, and are battling a Saudi-led coalition that is trying to restore the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The U.S. backs the Saudi-led coalition by providing it with intelligence and weapons.

“A military source said (Houthi) air defense shot down a U.S. MQ-9 surveillance drone in Jader area in the Sanaa province,” Houthi-controlled state news agency SABA reported.

According to a Reuters photographer the UAV came down at around 11 am local time in a crowded area on the outskirts of the capital, but there were no reports of any casualties.

The wreckage of the MQ-9 was carried out by the Houthis aboard a Toyota pickup truck.

Since its beginning in March 2015 more than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen’s civil war. The conflict started when the Houthis advanced on Hadi’s interim headquarters in the southern port city of Aden, forcing him to flee the country and seek Saudi help.

The war has caused a humanitarian disaster in the country, where more than two million people have been displaced while around 750,000 are suspected to have been infected with cholera.

Photo credit: Paul Ridgeway / U.S. Air Force

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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