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In First, Yemenite Cruise Missile Enters Israeli Airspace, Explodes North of Eilat

March 20, 2024

by: Yoav Zitun and Ilana Curiel ~ Ynetnews

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Eilat has been the target of Houthi missiles.

Wednesday, 20 March 2024 | A cruise missile fired overnight Monday from the direction of the Red Sea and the Houthi-controlled area of Yemen fell in an unpopulated area next to Eilat, the Israel Defense Forces [IDF] confirmed Tuesday evening.

“The target was monitored by Israel Air Force [IAF] troops throughout the incident. No injuries were reported and no damage was caused. The incident is under review,” according to the IDF.

The IDF did not disclose the missile’s entry into Israeli airspace until a report on Tuesday evening on News 13. Until now it was only reported as a “suspicious aerial target.”

Since the beginning of the war in Gaza, Houthi forces in Yemen have launched a number of missiles toward Eilat, which were intercepted by Israel’s missile defense systems. Most of the interceptions were made far from Israeli territory.

In one case, after a successful interception by the Arrow 3 system in November, two UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] were also launched toward the city. One of them was intercepted by the Patriot system and the other crashed into a school in the city, causing damage to the building.

The Houthis have repeatedly launched drones and missiles at international commercial shipping in the Red Sea region since mid-November, saying they are acting in solidarity with Palestinians against Israel’s military assault in Gaza.

The attacks have disrupted global shipping, forcing firms to take longer and more expensive journeys around southern Africa.

The US and Britain, along with other navies, have carried out strikes against Houthi targets in response.

Posted on March 20, 2024

Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on March 20, 2024. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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