Houthi rebels claim to down US drone

Yemen’s Houthi rebel group claimed Tuesday to have downed a U.S. drone in Dhamar governorate, located southeast of the capital.

Houthi spokesman Yahia Sarie said the MQ-9 type drone was shot down with a locally developed missile which will be introduced to the public “soon,” according to the Houthi-run SABA news agency.

Sarie warned Saudi-led coalition forces that Yemen’s airspace would not be violated as before and they had to think carefully before taking such a step.

Noting that their capacity to neutralize “hostile aircraft” has increased, he said the coming days would witness “a big surprise”.

Meanwhile, aircraft of the coalition forces attacked three Houthi points in Dhamar city, according to eyewitnesses.

There was no comment from Houthi rebels or coalition forces on the attacks.