The Houthis confirmed on Tuesday that they were behind the launch of “a large number” of missiles and drones against Israeli territory, hours after the Israeli Army confirmed the shootings and alarms that occurred in the city of Eilat, which is located in the south. in the country, on the coast of the Red Sea.
The spokesman of the Yemeni rebel forces, Yahya Sari, indicated that the group carried out a “large-scale attack” against “Israeli targets in the occupied Palestinian territory”, while stressing that this was the third operation of this type “in. support of the Palestinian people.”
Thus, he stated that the Houthis – supported by Iran – “will continue to carry out other qualitative attacks with missiles and drones until the end of the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip”, before defending the “right of self-defense.” of the Palestinian people”.
Finally, Sari warned that “the continuation of crimes and massacres by the enemy entity against the population of the Gaza Strip and throughout Palestine will destroy the region and widen the circle of conflict,” as reported by the network. Yemeni television station Al Masirah, linked to the group.
Earlier, the Israeli Army claimed to have intercepted “a surface-to-surface missile launched against the territory of the State of Israel from the Red Sea,” before confirming that it was shot down by the ‘Arrow’ from a distance. that air. defense system. , used for the first time since the beginning of the war after the attacks carried out on October 7 by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
“Also, military aircraft operated in the morning after an aerial alert was detected in the Red Sea area and intercepted enemy targets flying in the area,” said the Israeli Army, which did not provide further details. “All the threats were intercepted outside the territory of Israel. No one was found entering the territory of Israel,” he added.
Last week, Israel accused the Houthis of launching a projectile from Yemen that hit the Egyptian city of Taba, located on the common border, causing six injuries. Yemeni rebels have previously stressed that they are “ready” for a confrontation if the United States directly intervenes in the war that began on October 7.
Attacks carried out on October 7 by Hamas left nearly 1,400 dead and more than 230 kidnapped, while authorities in the Gaza Strip, controlled by the Islamist group, reported the death of more than 8,500 people in the bombing. which added more than 110 dead in operations by security forces and attacks on residents of the West Bank.