August 20, 2019 / 10:28 PM / a month ago

Yemen's Houthis down U.S. drone in Dhamar governorate: spokesman

(Reuters) - Yemen’s Houthi movement’s air defences on Wednesday downed a United States drone MQ-9 in Dhamar governorate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, the group’s Al-Masirah TV quoted the group’s military spokesman as saying.

“We are aware of reporting that a US MQ-9 was shot down over Yemen. We do not have any further information to provide at this time,” the U.S. military’s Central Command said in a statement on Wednesday.

Last June, the U.S. military said Houthi rebels in Yemen shot down a U.S. government-operated drone with assistance from Iran.

Reporting by Nayera Abdallah, additional reporting by Idrees Ali from Washington, editing by Chris Reese

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