SANAA, Yemen, A U.S.-made pilot-less plane was shot down by a Houthi missile, north of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, on Sunday morning, Houthi officials and residents said.

The plane was very big and divided into two parts, before it caught fire.

"The drone, General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, was shot down by a guided missile, fired from our Rocketry Force," said a statement by the Houthi group, which controls the capital, Sanaa.

"The drone was more likely doing a regular spy mission over the capital," it said.

Such drones were used mainly by the forces of the United States, in fighting al-Qaeda militants in Yemen.

The same planes were also used by a Saudi-led coalition, in fighting and spying over the Houthi rebel military positions, since 2015, after the group seized much of the country's north.

Saudi Arabia is leading a mostly Arab military coalition, to fight the Houthi rebels in Yemen, in a bid to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was ousted by the Houthis in Sept, 2014.

The war has killed more than 10,000 people, half of them civilians, and displaced over three million, according to humanitarian agencies.


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