Yemen’s Houthis ‘launch missiles, drones’ at Israel

Houthi fighters fire anti-tank grenades during a military maneuver near Sanaa, Yemen, October 30, 2023.  - Reuters
Houthi fighters fire anti-tank grenades during a military maneuver near Sanaa, Yemen, October 30, 2023. – Reuters
  • It said the attacks would continue until “Israeli aggression” stopped.
  • The operation was the third operation targeting Israel and there will be more.
  • Yemen’s Houthi leader warned the US against intervening in the war.

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi group said it launched a “large number” of drones and ballistic missiles toward Israel on Tuesday, after Israel’s military said it hit an “aerial target” near the Red Sea city of Eilat. .

The operation was the third targeting Israel and there would be more, Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saari said in a televised statement.

Referring to the war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Sari said attacks would continue until “Israeli aggression” stops.

After initial warnings of a possible “hostile aircraft intrusion” that sent residents of the tourist resort of Eilat fleeing for shelter on Tuesday, the Israeli military said its “systems have identified an air target near Israeli territory”. .

It said there was “no threat or danger to civilians” and that the defensive action was successful. There were no reports of any missile or drone attacks on Israeli territory from the Red Sea on Tuesday.

Yemen’s Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said on October 10 that if the US directly intervened in the Gaza conflict, the group would respond by firing with drones and missiles and would pursue other military options.

The Houthis see themselves as part of the so-called “axis of resistance” that includes the Iranian-backed faction in Iraq and Lebanon’s Hezbollah group.

The movement has been fighting the Saudi-led coalition since 2015, killing hundreds of thousands of people. During the fighting the Houthis targeted strategic assets in the Gulf, particularly energy facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Separately, the Israeli military said it used the “Arrow” air defense system to intercept a surface-to-surface missile fired toward its territory in the Red Sea for the first time since the war with Hamas began on October 7. Used.

A spokesman told Reuters that the two air incidents were separate. In the second incident, Israeli fighter planes destroyed other air targets, he said.

Last week, Israel accused the Houthi movement of sending drones that blasted two Egyptian cities on the Red Sea and said they intended to attack Israel.

A US Navy warship intercepted three cruise missiles and several drones on October 19 potentially launched by the Houthi movement from Yemen towards Israel, the Pentagon said.

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