The Yemeni army announced on Wednesday, July 8, that it had successfully intercepted and downed a Houthi drone in the Ad Durayhimi district of Al Hudaydah province. The Army's Al-Amalika Brigade confirmed the downing of the drone. The Houthi rebel group has yet to comment on the incident.
Further drone attacks and retaliatory airstrikes are to be expected in the near to medium-term.
Yemen is engaged in a complex and multifaceted conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since its intervention began. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the strikes, which have hit schools, hospitals, and markets, in addition to Houthi militant positions and personnel. In total, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and some 3 million have been displaced.
Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments strongly advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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