Today, Sunday, the Houthi group announced that it had shot down an American spy plane in the central province of Ma’rib, according to the group’s military spokesman, Yahya Saree.
Saree said – in a tweet on his Twitter account – that the group’s air defenses managed to shoot down an American “Scan Eagle” spy plane while it was carrying out hostile actions, in the airspace of the Al-Mashjah area, west of Marib, as he described it.
He added that the plane was targeted with a surface-to-air missile, and that the scenes of the operation and the wreckage of the plane will be broadcast at a later time, without further details.
But US President Joe Biden announced last February, about two weeks after taking office, that he would stop arms sales related to the attack on Yemen, and would stop his country’s support for actions that lead to the continuation of that war.
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For its part, the Yemeni Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Houthi attacks and their continued military escalation are only a clear message, and a response to all regional and international efforts to bring peace and end the war in Yemen.
A statement by the Yemeni Foreign Ministry confirmed that the armed Houthi attacks are further evidence of what it described as subjugating their will to the Iranian regime and its subversive policies in the region, according to the statement.
He added that the Houthis continue to commit what the statement described as terrorist attacks against civilians in Marib and Hodeidah governorates, while continuing the military escalation in Marib.
The war in Yemen, which has been going on for nearly 7 years, has claimed more than 233,000 lives, and 80% of the population of about 30 million people has become dependent on support and aid, in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.