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Yemen: Houthi Rebels Say Falling Drone Kills Three


Officials and onlookers look at the remains of a drone aircraft that Houthi rebels claimed to have shot down in Sanaa, Yemen, on May 23, 2022.

Yemen's Houthi rebels said Monday that three people were killed in the country's capital when a drone aircraft crashed in a neighborhood after being shot down.

In a statement, the Houthis said that their air defense system downed the surveillance drone and that it belonged to the Saudi-led coalition with which they are at war. The Houthi claims could not be immediately verified.

A spokesman for the coalition did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Video from the scene showed what appeared to be a damaged pilotless aircraft in a street surrounded by security forces and onlookers.

A forensic expert inspects the wreckage of a drone aircraft that Houthi rebels claimed to have shot down, in Sanaa, Yemen, on May 23, 2022.
A forensic expert inspects the wreckage of a drone aircraft that Houthi rebels claimed to have shot down, in Sanaa, Yemen, on May 23, 2022.

There is a truce in place in the war-torn country that is set to expire at the beginning of June. United Nations officials, who helped broker the cease-fire, have said they hoped it could be extended.

The truce is the first nationwide cease-fire in six years in Yemen's civil war, which erupted in 2014. That year, the Iranian-backed Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, and forced the internationally recognized government into exile. A Saudi-led coalition entered the war in early 2015 to try to restore the government to power.

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