Sirens sounded this morning in Eilat, located on the Red Sea (Israeli Maariv)

This Thursday morning, the Israeli occupation army sounded sirens in the city of Eilat, located on the Red Sea and its surroundings, warning of possible air threats.

Meanwhile, the US Army announced the destruction of a missile launcher and a drone launched from areas controlled by the Houthi group in Yemen.

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority reported that air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile in Eilat (south), while Israeli media platforms published - today - scenes documenting the moment the missile was intercepted in the sky of the city, coinciding with the sound of sirens.

The occupation army said that its air defenses intercepted a target "that was on its way to Israeli territory over the Red Sea."

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Israeli Broadcasting Authority: Intercepting a ballistic missile launched from #Yemen towards Eilat

- Al Araby TV (@AlarabyTV) February 22, 2024

Overthrowing the Houthi march

In a related context, the US Central Command said that it carried out 4 strikes against 7 anti-ship cruise missiles, shot down a Houthi drone, and destroyed a missile launch pad in Yemen yesterday.

Central Command said the missiles, launch pad and drone "posed an imminent threat to US commercial and naval vessels in the region."

Incidents of targeting ships in the Red Sea have increased with the escalation of Houthi attacks against ships heading to Israel and American and British ships. Sources in the shipping sector reported yesterday that a cargo ship was abandoned by its crew members 4 days ago in the Gulf of Aden after it was targeted by missiles launched by the Houthis and is still afloat despite the water leak. To it, and it can be towed to the nearby state of Djibouti.

Reuters quoted a maritime security company that owns the ship as saying that water had leaked onto the ship, and that its operators were studying options for dealing with it.

An American official confirmed last Tuesday that the ship had not sunk, while a naval memorandum warned ships in the area to avoid the abandoned ship.

Since last November 19, the Houthis have launched attacks in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden against commercial ships they suspect of being linked to Israel or heading to its ports. They say that this comes in support of the Gaza Strip, which has been witnessing a devastating war waged by Israel since last October 7, leaving tens of thousands of people dead. Martyrs and wounded.

Source: Al Jazeera + agencies