Israel launches drone strike near US base in Yemen

Israeli forces have launched a drone strike against US military facilities in Yemen, an official said on Sunday, as the country continues its offensive against Houthi rebels.

“The Israeli Air Force targeted an unmanned drone which was carrying out reconnaissance in the area of al-Rasheba and al-Majaliyah military facilities,” an unnamed Israeli military spokesman told AFP.

“At the same time, it intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle operating in the same area.

The strike was carried out on Saturday at around 10:30am,” the spokesman said, without providing any further details.

Yemeni Houthi fighters have been battling Israeli-backed troops for control of much of the country since March.

Israel has been bombing the country to restore a political settlement to the war, but the Houthis say they have the right to resist the Israeli occupation.

More:Israel has launched several air raids against the Houthi-controlled areas in the past few weeks.

Israel has also launched dozens of air strikes against Houthis in neighbouring Saudi Arabia, where the Saudi-led coalition is bombing the Iran-backed group from bases in the desert.

Youths gather at a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in al-Dhahab district of Yemen’s capital Sanaa, November 19, 2020.

Yahya al-Hassi / ReutersYemen’s warring sides have long accused each other of using the air power against each other in an attempt to weaken the Houthes, who seized the capital Sana’a in 2015.