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Houthi rebels say falling drone kills three

CAIRO (AP) – Yemen’s Houthi rebels said three people were killed in the country’s capital when a drone aircraft crashed in a neighbourhood after being shot down.

In a statement, the Houthis said that their air defence system downed the surveillance drone and that it belonged to the coalition with which they are at war.

The Houthi claims could not be immediately verified. A spokesman for the coalition did not respond to a request for comment.

Video from the scene showed what appeared to be a damaged pilotless aircraft in a street surrounded by security forces and onlookers. There is a truce in place in the war-torn country that is set to expire at the beginning of June. United Nations officials, who helped broker the ceasefire, have said they hope it could be extended.

The truce is the first nationwide cease fire in six years in Yemen’s civil war. In 2014, the Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, and forced the internationally recognised government into exile. A coalition entered the war in early 2015 to try to restore the government to power.

People gather around the wreckage of a drone aircraft after Houthi rebels claimed to have shot it down in Sanaa, Yemen. PHOTO: AP