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Israel intercepts apparent Houthi attack near port city of Eilat

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Israel intercepted what appeared to be an attack launched by Yemen’s Houthis on Thursday near the port city of Eilat, as the group escalates its assaults over Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, authorities said.

Sirens sounded early Thursday morning over Eilat, followed by videos posted online of what appeared to be an interception in the sky overhead.

The Israeli military later said the interception was carried out by its Arrow missile defense system.

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Israel did not identify what the fire was, nor where it came from.

However, the Arrow system intercepts long-range ballistic missiles with a warhead designed to destroy targets while they are in space.

The system “successfully intercepted a launch which was identified in the area of the Red Sea and was en route to Israel,” the Israeli military said.

“The target did not cross into Israeli territory and did not pose a threat to civilians.” T

The Houthis did not immediately claim the attack. They typically acknowledge assaults they conduct hours afterward.

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Eilat, on the Red Sea, is a key port city of Israel. On October 31, the Houthis first claimed a missile-and-drone barrage targeting the city. The Houthis have claimed other attacks targeting Eilat, which have caused no damage in the city.

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