Yemen: Houthi rebels say falling drone kills three

CAIRO (AP) – Yemen’s Houthi rebels said Monday three people were killed in the country’s capital when a drone plane crashed in a neighborhood after it was shot down.

In a statement, the Houthis said their air defense system downed the drone and that it belongs to the Saudi-led coalition with which they are at war. The Houthi claims could not be immediately verified.

A spokesman for the coalition did not immediately respond to…

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CAIRO (AP) – Yemen’s Houthi rebels said Monday three people were killed in the country’s capital when a drone plane crashed in a neighborhood after it was shot down.

In a statement, the Houthis said their air defense system downed the drone and that it belongs to the Saudi-led coalition with which they are at war. The Houthi claims could not be immediately verified.

A coalition spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Video from the scene showed what appeared to be a damaged UAV in a street surrounded by security forces and onlookers.

A ceasefire is in place in the war-torn country, which is due to expire in early June. United Nations officials who helped broker the ceasefire have said they hope it can be extended.

The ceasefire is the first nationwide ceasefire in six years in Yemen’s civil war that broke out in 2014. That year, the Iran-backed Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, forcing the internationally recognized government into exile. A Saudi-led coalition entered the war in early 2015 to try to restore the government to power.

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