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US MQ-9 Drone Shot Down by Houthis
« on: February 21, 2024, 06:48:11 pm »

The Pentagon has confirmed that Iran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen shot down a MQ-9 Reaper drone on Monday.

“A U.S. MQ-9 was downed or went down off the coast of Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen, in the Red Sea. Initial indications are that it was shot down by a Houthi surface-to-air missile,” Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh told reporters in response to a question by VOA.

Earlier, a U.S. official requesting anonymity to discuss national security issues had confirmed to VOA the U.S. drone was shot down near Hudaydah in eastern Yemen. It is still unclear whether the drone was armed at the time of the downing.

Video circulating on social media allegedly shows parts of a busted drone on a beach.

This marks the second downing of an MQ-9 by the Houthis. The first was in November in international airspace.

Houthi militants launched a massive wave of attacks on Monday, hitting two ships traveling in international shipping lanes. One, a Marshal Islands-flagged, U.S.-owned bulk carrier, sustained minor damage from a Houthi-launched drone attack, while the Greek-flagged, U.S.-owned grain carrier M/V Sea Champion reported minor damage from an attack by two anti-ship ballistic missiles in the Gulf of Aden.

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