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Yemen’s Houthis Claim Responsibility for Eilat Attacks and Vow More

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels have launched drones and ballistic missiles targeting the southern Israeli resort city of Eilat in response to the continuing Israel-Gaza confrontation, according to a senior Houthi official in a statement to AFP on Tuesday.

The ensuing incident triggered air raid sirens in the renowned Red Sea holiday destination, urging inhabitants to seek sanctuary.

Prime Minister of the Houthi government, Abdelaziz bin Habtour, stated “These drones belong to the state of Yemen.”

Yahya Saree, a Houthi military spokesman, said the operation was the third against Israel and he warned of further strikes “until the Israeli aggression stops.”

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) reacted quickly, intercepting an “aerial target” outside its airspace.

No individuals were injured or killed as a result of these incidents, reported the Israeli military.

On October 27, drones burst near the Israeli border in the Egyptian Red Sea villages of Taba and Nuweiba. Israel believes that the Houthis, who are backed by Iran, launched missiles and drones with the objective of striking Israel. According to the U.S. military, a navy boat intercepted potentially hazardous munitions.

This development concerns Israel, largely because of its ongoing struggle with Iran-backed Hezbollah on its northern front.

The Israel-Gaza conflict, precipitated by Hamas’s surprise strike on October 7, has heightened regional tensions. Hezbollah and Israel have increased cross-border fire exchanges–while Israel has stepped up its assaults on Gaza–resulting in over 8,000 Palestinian dead and over 1,400 Israeli mortalities.