Yemeni Houthis and Iraqi Shiite militia claim joint drone attack on Israeli city

Sanaa, July 8 (Xinhua) — Yemen’s Houthi group said on Monday that it has jointly launched an attack on a “vital target” in the Israeli city of Eilat with the Iraqi Islamic Resistance.

“The attack accurately hit the target,” Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said in a statement broadcast on Houthi Al-Masirah television.

“We will continue to carry out operations together with the Islamic Resistance of Iraq in support of the Palestinian people until the (Israeli) aggression ceases and the blockade against Gaza is lifted,” he said.

The Iraqi militant group also confirmed the joint attack in a statement issued late Thursday.

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli side.

The Houthi group, which controls much of Yemen, began launching anti-ship ballistic missiles and drones at what it says have been Israeli-linked ships transiting the Red Sea in November last year to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The group recently expanded its attacks to include the Israeli city of Eilat.

In response, the US-British naval coalition stationed in these waters began carrying out airstrikes and missile attacks against Houthi targets since January, which only led to the expansion of Houthi attacks to include US and British naval and commercial ships.

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