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    Suspected Houthi Rebel Missile Sets Cargo Ship Ablaze. Israel Intercepts Separate Attack near Eilat

    Suspected Houthi Rebel Missile Sets Cargo Ship Ablaze. Israel Intercepts Separate Attack near Eilat

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A suspected missile attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels set a ship ablaze in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday as intercepted what appeared to be another Houthi attack near the port city of Eilat, authorities said.

    The attacks come as the rebels escalate their assaults over Israel's war against Hamas in the Strip.

    The attack Thursday in the Gulf of Aden saw two missiles fired, the British 's United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations center said. It said the unnamed ship was ablaze, without elaborating.

    Ship-tracking data analyzed by The Associated Press identified the vessel ablaze as a Palau-flagged cargo ship named Islander. It had been coming from bound for Egypt and previously sent out messages saying “SYRIAN CREW ON BOARD” to potentially avoid being targeted by the Houthis.

    “The missile attack lead to a fire onboard and coalition military assets were responding to the incident,” the private security firm Ambrey said.

    The ship's Liberian-listed owners could not be immediately reached for comment.

    Meanwhile, sirens sounded early Thursday morning over Eilat, followed by videos posted online of what appeared to be an interception in the sky overhead.

    The Israeli military later said the interception was carried out by its Arrow missile defense system.

    Israel did not identify what the fire was, nor where it came from. However, the Arrow system intercepts long-range ballistic…

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