Houthi ballistic missile intercepted near Eilat and US-British bombardment of northern Yemen

The Israeli military said its air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile launched over the Red Sea from Yemen that was headed towards Israel.

According to the army statement, the “Arrow/Hetz” long-range anti-missile system intercepted the missile and shot it down before it could reach its target.

Eyewitnesses indicated that they heard a loud explosion in the Red Sea atmosphere, near the city of Eilat in the Gulf of Aqaba, suspecting that it was caused by the launch of the “Hatz” anti-missile system, which intercepted the missile and sent it into the air. Blew in.

American-British bombing

On the other hand, the Houthi group announced on Friday that the United States and Britain had attacked Hajjah Governorate in the northwest of Yemen.

The Houthi-affiliated al-Masirah satellite channel said on its news tape: “An American-British offensive targeted the al-Jar area in the Abs district of Hajja province with four raids,” without further details.

A photo published by the US Army Central Command of planes preparing to launch attacks on Yemeni areas (archive, French)

Hajja Governorate is mostly under the control of the Houthis, and is connected by a land border with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There has been no US or British comment yet regarding the bombing announced by the group.

On Wednesday, the group's leader, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, said in a televised speech that “the American and British attacks on Yemen have failed and will have no impact, and will not limit our military capabilities,” as he continued attacks. Promised to keep. Until Israeli attacks in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden stop and the siege on the Gaza Strip is lifted.

Intermittently since last January 12, the US-led coalition has launched raids targeting “Houthi sites” in various areas of Yemen, in response to their attacks in the Red Sea, which received threats from the group. That it “shall not remain unanswered.”

yemeni demonstration

In a related context, thousands of Yemenis took part in a massive demonstration in the capital Sanaa and several Houthi-controlled governorates, including Hajjah province. The protesters came out in response to the Houthi leader's call to demonstrate “in support of Gaza, and in support of the armed group's attacks against Israeli ships in the Red Sea”.

Protesters chanted slogans condemning the American-British attacks, and the group chanted “Death to America and Israel”.

On December 18, the United States announced the formation of a “Guardians of Prosperity” coalition of several countries to stop Houthi attacks in the Red Sea.

In “solidarity with Gaza”, which is facing a devastating Israeli war with US support since October 7, the Houthis are targeting cargo ships belonging to Israel in the Red Sea, with missiles and drones, causing a negative impact on movement Has had an impact. Shipping, Trading and Supply.

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