A drone crashed into a school in the Red Sea resort of Eilat in southern Israel on Thursday, with no casualties, according to the Israeli military.
“A drone hit a civilian building in the city of Eilat,” Israel’s military said via X Twitter. “His identity and the circumstances of the incident are under investigation,” he added.
According to an army representative, the building was a school and people were inside it at the time of the explosion. Only material damage was caused. First aid services provided psychological support to seven people in a state of shock.
The coastal city is currently home to tens of thousands of people displaced from northern Israel, which borders Lebanon, and southern Israel, the area that borders the Gaza Strip.
The school area was cordoned off by dozens of police and military personnel.
Last night, the Israeli military announced that it had intercepted a missile over the Red Sea with the Arrow anti-missile defense system.
He then added that he intercepted a “suspicious” flying object in southern Israel with a Patriot array, clarifying that it did not enter Israeli airspace.
Attack by Houthi rebels
For their part, Yemen’s Houthi rebels announced that they launched a “barrage of ballistic missiles against various critical targets” in the Eilat region on Thursday, in a press release signed by the spokesman for their military arm, Yahya Shari.
“The operation achieved their objectives, causing damage to the designated targets, despite the silence of the enemy,” always according to the Houthi spokesman.
In recent weeks, the armed movement, which is close to Iran, has announced that it has launched drone attacks against Israel in retaliation for Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip. His most recent announcement was made on November 6. That day, the Israeli military had reported spotting an “enemy” flying object off the coast of Eilat.
“Our forces will continue their military operations in support of the Palestinian people (…) until the Israeli attack against our brothers in Gaza stops,” added Mr. Shari.
Yesterday Israeli military spokesman Daniel Hagari said during a press conference that the threat does not only come from Yemen. “We are monitoring threats in the region, including (threats) to Eilat, from various locations,” he added.