Israel’s ‘Arrow’ defense system intercepts missile near Red Sea

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Israel’s military said on Tuesday it had used its “Arrow” aerial defense system to intercept a missile in the vicinity of the Red Sea after air raid sirens had sounded in the southern port city of Eilat.

The military said the projectile did not cross into Israeli territory and did not say who had fired it.

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Yemen’s Houthi leader said earlier on Tuesday that his forces would make further attacks on Israel and they could target Israeli ships in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandeb Strait.

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement has launched repeated missile and drone attacks on Israel since the Hamas assault on Israel on Oct. 7, all of which have either been shot down or fell short.

The group controls northern Yemen and its Red Sea coasts.

“Our eyes are open to constantly monitor and search for any Israeli ship in the Red Sea, especially in Bab al-Mandab, and near Yemeni regional waters,” Abdulmalik al-Houthi said in a broadcast speech.

Washington is on heightened alert for activity by Iran-backed groups since Hamas fighters rampaged into Israel on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 people.

Since then, Israel has escalated its assault on Gaza, where its forces have killed more than 11,000 people, according to Palestinian officials.

With Reuters.

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