A barrage of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel after midnight local time, prompting rocket warnings on the border. Meanwhile, after Houthi boats sank in the Red Sea, the White House announced that the United States did not want the conflict to expand. However, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby made clear that the United States would continue to act in self-defense.
Rockets from Hamas towards Israel
Hamas fired more than 20 rockets into central and southern Israel at the beginning of the new year, shortly after midnight. Most of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Sirens sounded in various locations in the center of the country, including Rehovot, Ness Ziona, Holon, Lod and Modiin, in addition to Ashdod, Sderot and other southern cities. The ambulance service says there were no injuries.
The White House: We do not want the conflict to expand
After the Houthi boats sank in the Red Sea, the White House made clear that the United States does not seek to expand the conflict in the Middle East. US helicopters sank the boats, killing crews made up of Iran-backed Houthi rebels allied with Hamas, in response to an attack and after the Houthis targeted commercial ships passing through the Red Sea. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told ABC News that the United States would continue to act in self-defense. “We are not seeking a broader conflict in the region and we are not seeking a conflict with the Houthis,” Kirby said. “The best thing is for the Houthis to stop these attacks, as we have made clear repeatedly.” .
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