Yemeni forces shoot down Saudi armed drone in Hajjah
The Saudi spy drone was carrying out an operation that violated the two-month truce announced at the start of Ramadan
By News Desk - May 04 2022

(Photo credit: Ansarallah resistance movement media bureau)

Yemeni army forces have shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the Royal Saudi Air Force, and which was flying over the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah.

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, announced the downing of the Chinese-made CH4 armed spy plane in the border district of Haradh in Hajjah province, on 4 May.

According to local media, the CH-4 drone has a kilometer range of 3,500 to 5,000, and endurance of 30 to 40 hours. It is also capable of carrying six missiles and weights between 250 to 345 kilograms.

Saree said on Twitter that the air defenses “managed to shoot down the plane with a homemade surface-to-air missile in the early hours of the morning, while it was violating the armistice and carrying out hostile actions in the airspace of the Haradh district in Hajjah province.”

He added that the aircraft belonging to the Saudi Air Force breached the UN-brokered ceasefire, which was placed in effect last month.

The Director General of Sanaa International Airport, Khaled al-Shayef, said in a briefing: “The National Salvation Government has made great strides to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni nation, but the Saudi-led coalition is not serious about observing the UN-brokered ceasefire.”

The UN announced a truce in Yemen for a period of two months, that could be extended, starting from the first day of Ramadan.

As part of attempts to ease the conflict, the Saudi-led coalition announced they would release 163 Ansarallah prisoners, in what it called a ‘humanitarian initiative’ to accelerate efforts to end the war.

According to Al-Maliki, the decision to release the prisoners was aimed at supporting UN efforts for a ceasefire agreement that was reached on 2 April.

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