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Israel Navy intercepts drone over the Red Sea sent from Yemen

The Israeli Navy shot down a drone that entered Israeli airspace from the Red Sea using the “Naval Dome” system, the Israeli military announced Sunday, attaching what it said was video of the interception.

The target was initially detected by Israeli Air Force and naval units.

British security company Ambrey said on Sunday that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near Eilat, saying it believed the drone was launched from Yemen.

Countermeasures against Yemen’s Houthis

Ambrey said he also observed unprecedented levels of interference with automatic identification systems (AIS) off Eilat and the neighboring city of Aqaba, Jordan, on Sunday.

“These were due to electronic warfare countermeasures,” the statement said.

Armed Houthi supporters ride in the back of a pickup truck during a parade in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and to show support for Houthi strikes on ships in the Red Sea and Gulf from Aden, to Sanaa, Yemen, on January 29. , 2024. (credit: KHALED ABDULLAH/Reuters)

“A Sa’ar Class 6 corvette successfully intercepted a drone approaching Israeli territory from the southeast using the ‘C-Dome’ defense system earlier this evening,” the army released Israeli on X.

Israel used its maritime missile defense system for the first time on Tuesday to shoot down a drone coming from the Red Sea that had triggered sirens in the port city of Eilat, the army said.

Eilat has been a frequent target of launches into Yemen by the Iran-backed Houthis in a show of support for Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group that rules Gaza and is also backed by Iran.

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