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05 Dec 2019 | 03:18 AM UTC

Yemen: Houthi rebels claim to intercept drones December 4

Houthi rebels claim they intercept two Saudi drones on December 4; similar attacks possible in near term



Houthi rebels have claimed to have shot down two Saudi drones on Wednesday, December 4. The drones, suspected to be equipped with intelligence capabilities, were taken down near the Saudi-Yemeni border; one near the southwestern Saudi region of Jizan and the other near the southern Saudi region of Asir. Saudi officials have not commented or confirmed the claim.

Similar attacks are possible over the near term.


Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since its intervention began. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the strikes, which have hit schools, hospitals, and markets, in addition to Houthi militant positions and personnel. In total, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and some 3 million have been displaced.


Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.