| 24 February 2024, Saturday |

Israeli fighter jet intercepts cruise missile fired at southern Israel: Army

On Wednesday, the Israeli army declared that it had stopped a cruise missile that was being fired in the direction of the nation’s south.

It stated in a statement that an Israeli fighter plane “successfully intercepted a cruise missile that was launched toward Israel” in response to warnings of “an infiltration by a hostile aircraft” close to the southern Red Sea resort of Eilat.

The military said, “No infiltration into Israeli territory was identified.”

It comes after Yemen’s Houthis on Sunday seized an Israel-linked cargo vessel, having threatened to target Israeli shipping over the Israel-Hamas war.

The Houthis, declaring themselves part of the “axis of resistance” of Iran’s allies and proxies, have launched a series of drones and missiles towards Israel.

They said their capture of the Galaxy Leader ship was in retaliation for Israel’s war against Hamas, sparked by the October 7 attack by the Palestinian militants who killed 1,200 people and took around 240 hostages, according to Israeli officials.

More than 14,000 people have since been killed in Israel’s aerial bombardment and ground operations in the Gaza Strip, according to the territory’s Hamas-run government.

  • alarabiya