Yemen's Houthi rebels say "spy drone" shot down in Hodeidah

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-14 00:34:14|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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SANAA, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels said they shot down a "spy drone" over the Yemeni Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Sunday.

"The spy drone of the aggressor's forces was downed over Kilo 16 area," the rebel TV al-Masirah reported, without giving further details.

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition did not comment on the rebels' claim.

The coalition intervened in Yemen's civil war in March 2015 to support Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after Houthi rebels forced him into exile after seizing much of the country's north, including the capital Sanaa.

Hodeidah, the main lifeline entry of the country's most commercial imports and humanitarian aid, has become a focal point of the Yemen war since June 2018, when the coalition forces advanced into the southern edge of Hodeidah in preparation to retake the port city.

The coalition has halted its assault on Hodeidah since late 2018 to facilitate the peace efforts to end Yemen's war.