In first, IDF confirms Houthi cruise missile hit open area near Eilat

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

The IDF says a “suspicious aerial target” from the direction of the Red Sea that struck an open area near Eilat early Monday morning was a cruise missile.

Yemen’s Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack.

No damage or injuries were caused.

According to the IDF, the missile was tracked by the Air Force throughout the incident.

The IDF says it is further investigating the incident.

It marks the first time a Houthi projectile hit Israeli territory. In previous attacks, missiles and drones launched from Yemen struck neighboring countries or were intercepted by air defenses.

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