Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels shot down a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone near the Yemeni coast on Wednesday, and are reportedly attempting to recover any debris from where the UAV crashed in the Red Sea.
"We know there was an attempt by Houthis to recover the MQ-9, but it is unlikely they will be able to retrieve anything of significance," said Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh. "We are not looking to recover the downed drone ourselves."
Tensions in the area continue to rise as Israel and Hamas show few signs of ending the conflict in the Gaza Strip. The situation has Washington on military alert, and, as a result, the United States has deployed aircraft carriers, support ships, and even Marines to the area.