TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Yemeni air defense units shot down a Saudi-led reconnaissance drone in flight over a border area in the kingdom’s southern province of Asir.

Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network, citing an unnamed military source, reported that the drone was shot down over the province’s al-Rabou'a region on Friday.

On Monday, Yemeni forces, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, had also managed to shoot down a similar Saudi spy drone in the Rashaha region of the kingdom’s southern province of Najran.

Additionally on Friday, Yemeni army troops targeted the positions of Saudi-backed mercenaries in Nate'e district in the central al-Bayda province, killing over 40 militants there.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Over 14,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the military campaign.