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Yemen's Houthis Launch Attacks on Israeli City and Two Ships

  • A ship hit by a Houthi missile in the Red Sea, Feb. 22, 2024.

    A ship hit by a Houthi missile in the Red Sea, Feb. 22, 2024. | Photo: X/ @EurekaNews10

Published 23 February 2024 (5 hours 58 minutes ago)
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The Western coalition's warplanes launched four airstrikes on Thursday, hitting Houthi sites.

On Thursday, Yemen's Houthi group launched attacks on an Israeli city, a British cargo ship, and a U.S. warship, in what it called a response to the "U.S.-British aggression" against Yemen and its support of the Palestinians in Gaza.

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The Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said that the first attack targeted the Israeli city of Eilat with ballistic missiles and drones. The Israeli army said it had intercepted a missile from the Red Sea heading for Eilat, while Israeli media cited Israeli officials as saying the missile was "apparently" from the Houthis.

The second attack hit a British-owned cargo ship, MV Islander, in the Gulf of Aden with naval missiles, causing a fire on board, Sarea said. He said the third attack targeted a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Red Sea with drones.

The U.S. Central Command confirmed on social media platform X that it had shot down six Houthi drones in the Red Sea, which were likely targeting U.S. and coalition warships and posing "immediate threats."

It also said the Houthis had fired two anti-ship ballistic missiles from southern Yemen into the Gulf of Aden, hitting the MV Islander and causing one minor injury and damage.

Houthi leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi vowed in a televised speech to launch more attacks on international shipping in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

"More attacks will come," he warned, describing the Houthi attacks as a show of support for Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza. He claimed his group had launched "48 missile attacks" on cargo ships since mid-November last year in support of Hamas.

He also dismissed the impact of the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on his group's military capabilities, saying "the coalition strikes have no effect." He also said his group had submarines and would use them in future attacks.

The Houthi group controls much of northern Yemen since it ousted the internationally recognized government in late 2014. The group tightened its grip on the strategic Red Sea port city of Hodeidah following a UN-sponsored peace deal in 2018, which was backed by the U.S. and Britain, but has failed to end the fighting.

The al-Masirah television reported that the coalition's warplanes had launched four airstrikes on Hodeidah on Thursday, hitting Houthi sites in the northwestern part of the city.

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