WASHINGTON – An American military drone was shot down on Tuesday in Yemen, southeast of the capital, Sana, official said Wednesday, in the second episode this summer.
Iranian-backed Houthi forces claim credit for the downing of the unmanned drone, to MQ-9 Reaper.
In a statement on Wednesday, the United States Central Command said it was investigating the incident, which said it was "authorized airspace over Yemen."
"We have been clear that Iran's provocative actions and support to proxy forces, like the Iranian-backed Houthis, poses a serious threat to stability in the region and our partners, "Lt. Col. Earl Brown, a Central Command spokesman, said in the statement.
Yemeni fishing boats in Yemen.
The Yemeni fishing boats in Yemen are being killed 2018, killing at least 47 Yemeni fishermen, including seven children.
The shooting down of the drone also comes as Saudi Arabia is dealing with the pullout of its partners in the Yemen campaign, which announced a steep drawdown
The Saudis and Emirates began their joint work in Yemen in spring 2015, seeking to overturn a takeover by the Houthis, who are backed by Iran. Houthis in control of the capital, Sana, and the country on the brink of famine.