Yemeni Air Defenses Down Emirati Combat Drone over Shabwa
- January, 11, 2022 - 17:26
- World news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The air defenses of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees shot down a Chinese-made combat drone controlled by the Emirati Forces, while it was carrying out hostile operations over Shabwa province.
“Our Air Defenses shot down an armed Chinese-made spy drone, Wing Loong-2, operated by the UAE Air Force, while it was carrying out hostile actions over Ain District in Shabwa Governorate,” Yemeni Armed Forces spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Saree said in a brief statement on Tuesday.
Saree explained that the Emirati drone was brought down with a domestically-designed surface-to-air missile.
Meanwhile, in another development, dozens of militants sponsored by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia were killed when Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees launched a missile strike against their position in Yemen’s southern province of Shabwah.
Informed sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Yemen News Portal website that a massive explosion shook a military camp of the UAE-backed militants – better known by the nom de guerre the Giants – in the Nokhan area, which lies east of the provincial capital of Ataq, on Monday evening.
According to the sources, the incident occurred when Yemeni soldiers and allied fighters launched a domestically-developed ballistic missile at the site, leaving dozens of the militants killed and injured.
The development came a day after Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network reported that the commander of the so-called Third Brigade, Majdi al-Radfani, had died of his injuries after Yemeni army troops and their allies targeted UAE-sponsored militants in the Bayhan district of Shabwah province.
The report added that more than 130 militants have been killed during battles with Yemeni Armed Forces over the past few days and dozens of others have been wounded. A number of their military vehicles have been destroyed as well.
Leading a military coalition consisting of its regional allies and backed by Western powers, Saudi Arabia launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, seeking primarily to dismantle the popular Ansarullah resistance movement and regain Yemen as its pawn by reinstalling Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.
The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.
The Ansarullah movement has vowed to defeat the Saudi- and Emirati-backed mercenaries and liberate Yemen in its entirety. It says the war on Yemen was waged to subjugate the Arab country to the US, the British, and the Israelis.