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Drones from Iran-backed terrorist groups shot down over Red Sea, near Eilat

IDF defense system interceptor missile downs a suspected drone near Eilat, May 27, 2024 (Photo: Screenshot)

Two drone attacks targeting Israel were carried out by Iran-backed terrorist groups on Monday.

The two drones, which were armed with explosives and heading toward the southern Israeli city of Eilat, were detected by Israel Defense Forces and shot down before entering Israeli airspace.

The IDF said the drones were neutralized by an Israeli Air Force (IAF) fighter jet, as well as “ground-based air defense systems.”

This attack was claimed by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an Iran-backed network of Shia Islamist terrorist groups that has claimed responsibility for numerous drone attacks against Israel during the Israel-Hamas war.

While Monday’s attack was successfully intercepted, one of the terrorist network’s claimed attacks hit a naval base in Eilat in April.

Another Iran-backed drone attack took place over the Red Sea on Monday, however, it was apparently not directed at Eilat or Israel.

The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) announced in a press release that it had “successfully destroyed one uncrewed aerial system (UAS) over the Red Sea, launched from an Iranian-backed Houthi controlled area of Yemen.”

“It was determined the UAS presented an imminent threat to merchant vessels in the region,” the statement read.

According to a Houthi military spokesman, the attack was targeting two U.S. destroyers stationed on the Red Sea.

The Houthi spokesman also stated that it launched missiles against ships in the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, however, The Jerusalem Post reported that CENTCOM nor any shipping companies in the targeted areas have confirmed.

The Iranian-backed Houthi movement is a Shia Islamist group based in Yemen, which began the ongoing Yemeni civil war in 2014.

The group is responsible for repeated attacks in the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean since the Israel-Hamas war began.

The Houthi movement’s motto is “God is the Greatest, Death to America, Death to Israel, A Curse Upon the Jews, Victory to Islam.”

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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