ADEN, Yemen- The pro-government Yemeni forces, shot down a drone belonging to the Houthi rebels, over central Yemen's province of al-Bayda on Sunday, a government official, said.

The local government source said that, a Houthi drone, armed with explosives, was shot down after trying to carry out an attack against the 19th Armoured Brigade in al-Bayda province.

The official, who asked to remain anonymous, said that, "the pro-government forces aborted the attack that the Houthis had planned to carry out, against the army base."

Initial investigations revealed that the explosives-loaded drone was smuggled into Yemen from Iran, along with other sophisticated weapons, the official said.

The Houthi leaders, in the country's capital, Sanaa, have yet to comment on the drone incident.

But pro-Houthi media outlets, claimed launching an attack with a drone, against a meeting of high-ranking government officials, in al-Bayda province, earlier in the day.

Last month, the Houthi fighters used an Iranian-made drone and tried to launch a missile attack against the headquarters of the Saudi-led coalition forces, in the southern port city of Aden. But the Saudi-backed Yemeni air forces, foiled the Houthi drone attack, causing no casualties.


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