Another US MQ-9 Reaper drone goes down in Yemen, images purportedly show

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Yemen, Marib (ANN) — Another U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone went down in Yemen, images purported to show Wednesday, as Yemen’s Houthi rebels continued attacks on shipping around the Red Sea over the Israel-Hamas war.accoding to report The Associated Press.

The Houthis released footage they said showed the aircraft being targeted with a surface-to-air missile in a desert region of Yemen’s central Marib province. It marked the third-such downing this month alone.

Images analyzed by The Associated Press showed the MQ-9 on its belly in the barren desert, its tail assembly disconnected from their rest of its body. At least one hatch on the drone appeared to have been opened after it landed there, though the drone remained broadly intact without any clear blast damage. One image included Wednesday’s date.

Noticeably, the drone did not appear to carry any markings on it. Said AP.

Authorities in Marib, which remains held by allies of Yemen’s exiled government, did not acknowledge the drone.

U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, told the AP that “the U.S. Air Force has not lost any aircraft operating within U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.” The official declined to elaborate.

On the other hand, the Houthis said on Monday that they attacked three ships in the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, and two US destroyers in the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea

The Houthis said that the ships they attacked were the Vessel LARGO DESERT and the MSC Mechela in the Indian Ocean and the Minerva Lisa in the Red Sea. but the location of the US destroyers was not mentioned.