SANAA, Yemen- Yemen's dominant Houthi movement said, its air defence forces shot down a U.S.-made fighter drone, on Wednesday, in the Yemeni Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.

"The air defence forces of the army and popular forces shot down a U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone, in Hodeidah," Houthis said in a statement.

The Houthi movement, which has been controlling the capital, Sanaa, and much of the country's northern provinces, including Hodeidah for nearly three years, provided no further details.

There were no immediate comments by the U.S. army, which has been operating such fighter drones over Yemen, to combat the al-Qaeda branch in the war-torn Arab country.

On Oct 1, 2017, the Houthis said, they fired a surface-to-air missile and shot down a U.S.-made General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper drone in the north of Sanaa.

The United States, the main supporter of the Saudi-led coalition, fighting the Shiite Houthis in Yemen, admitted losing its fighter aircraft.

Saudi Arabia is leading a mostly Arab military coalition, to fight Houthi rebels in Yemen, since Mar, 2015, in a bid to restore President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was ousted by the Houthis in Sept, 2014.


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