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A new report in the Telegraph says Israel shot down a ballistic missile that was aimed at it, while the weapon was in space.
The report explains the Middle East democracy's famed Arrow missile defense system took out the rocket that had been fired by the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are backed by Iran, "outside the earth's atmosphere."
The report said it was believed to be the first combat ever to take place in space, and it resulted in the takedown of the bomb launched from Yemen, some 1,000 miles away and heading for the Israeli port city of Eilat.
Few details were released about the intercept, but the Israel Defense Forces released a video, explaining a cruise missile "launched from the southeast toward Israeli airspace was successfully intercepted by F-35I fighter jets."
Then it added, "On the same day, the AIF's Arrow Aerial Defense System intercepted a surface-to-surface missile in the Red Sea area."
The defense system apparently uses hypersonic interceptors to take out incoming missiles in space.
The video of the space fight:
The report explained the IDF said the missile was tracked and exploded "at the most appropriate operational time and location."
The missile reportedly was a Qader unit, a version of the Iranian-designed Shahab 3. It's apparently was 50 feet long and carried an explosive warhead.
The defense plan came about after Iraqi Scud missiles struck Israeli territory in the first Gulf War.
The report said it's not the first time the system was successful, as in 2017 it killed a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile that was aimed at, but missed, an Israeli jet.
One official for the IDF said, in the report, "The successful interception is about much more than protecting the residents of Eilat and dealing a blow to the Houthis’ boastfulness. … It proves to Iran, which was behind the launch and supplied the missile, that Israel can act against its missile program, and this has much broader implications for the regional conflict"
According to Liberty Resolve, "It can be recalled that Brigadier General Yahya Saree, the spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces and also the spokesperson for Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, announced that they have launched massive military strikes against Israeli targets in the 'occupied territories.'"