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JULY 2022

Houthis Say They Shot Down Saudi Combat Drone Over Yemen’s Hajjah With Secret Missile

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Houthis Say They Shot Down Saudi Combat Drone Over Yemen's Hajjah With Secret Missile

Illustrative image, source: the Houthis media wing

On February 10, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) announced that they had shot down a Chinese-made CASC Rainbow CH-4 combat drone of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) over the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajjah.

In a statement, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Yemeni group, said that the drone was conducting “hostile operations” over the district of Harad when it was shot down with a new ground-to-air missile that has not been unveiled yet.

The drone may have crashed in areas held by Saudi-led coalition proxies, as the Houthis’ media wing has not released any footage of its wreckage so far.

Houthis Say They Shot Down Saudi Combat Drone Over Yemen's Hajjah With Secret Missile

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The CH-4 was designed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation to carry out reconnaissance and combat missions. The Saudi military purchased an unknown number of the drone a few years ago.

During 2021, the Houthis’ air defenses shot down a total of six CH-4 combat drones of RSAF over different parts of Yemen.

Currently, the district center of Harad, held by the Houthis, is under attack by Saudi-led coalition proxies. Houthis fighters have been besieged inside the district center for around a week. Yet, they have been showing fierce resistance. Coalition proxies are still present in the outskirts of the district center.

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