Skip to main content

Yemen’s Houthis claim attack on Israel as Gaza war rages

The Iran-backed forces said the missile and drone attack was a response to “Israeli aggression.”
Forces loyal to Yemen's Houthi rebels hold up Palestinian flags as they march in a show of solidarity with the Palestinians, Sanaa, Yemen, Oct. 15, 2023.

The Iran-backed Houthi forces in Yemen attacked Israel on Tuesday, demonstrating the potential for the war in the Gaza Strip to spread throughout the region.

Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Sare’e confirmed that his forces launched missiles and drones toward Israel. In a video statement broadcast by Al Jazeera Arabic, Sare’e said such attacks will continue “until the Israeli aggression stops.”

Earlier, Prime Minister of the Houthi government in Yemen Abdelaziz bin Habtour told Agence France-Presse that the group fired drones toward Eilat in southern Israel in retaliation for the war against Hamas.

The Israel Defense Forces announced that its Arrow missile defense system intercepted a missile launched toward Israel from the Red Sea and that Israeli jets struck hostile targets in the Red Sea. The threats did not penetrate Israeli airspace, according to the IDF. Israel’s public broadcaster Kan reported that Israel is considering whether and how to respond.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.