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Iraqi resistance fighters launch attack on ‘vital’ Israeli target

New imported cars are seen at a parking lot in the port of Umm al-Rashrash (aka Eilat) in the occupied territories on January 3, 2024.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq says its fighters have launched an attack on a key Israeli target in the occupied territories in support of Palestinians, who are subjected to a genocidal war in Gaza.

“The fighters of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq targeted a vital target in our occupied territories on Monday morning, using appropriate weapons,” the Iraqi umbrella group of anti-terror factions announced in a statement.

The group didn’t give more details on the targeted area.

The statement noted that the attack came “in support of our people in Gaza, and in response to the massacres committed by the usurping entity against civilian Palestinians, including children, women and the elderly.”

The attack was confirmed by the Israeli army, which said soldiers identified a “suspicious aerial target that entered Israeli territory from the east” which impacted “in the Eilat Bay [The Gulf of Aqaba] area.”

According to the report, the attack damaged a building. Sirens went off in the city but there was no interception by air defenses, it said.

The statement did not specify what had been launched against the city of Umm al-Rashrash, also known as Eilat, but media reports said it was a drone attack.

Eilat has come under repeated missile and drone attack from Yemen during Israel's almost six-month-old war on Gaza. In November, Israel said a group in Syria had launched a drone that hit the port city. 

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq on Monday vowed to proceed with its retaliatory operations until Israel stops its genocide in Gaza.

The coalition has been staging many such attacks on Israeli targets since the occupying regime launched a genocidal war on Gaza in October.

The group said on Sunday that it struck a “vital” Israeli military facility lying far north in the occupied territories.

It specified the whereabouts of the target as the village of Eilabun, saying the facility was hit with “a barrage of drones.”

Israel unleashed its war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian Hamas resistance group carried out Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the usurping entity in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.

The Tel Aviv regime has also imposed a “complete siege” on the territory, cutting off fuel, electricity, food and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.

Since the start of the offensive, the Tel Aviv regime has killed 32,782 Palestinians and injured nearly 75,298 others.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq has also struck major American military bases in Syria and Iraq amid anger over the US support for Israel’s onslaught on Gaza.

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