The EU mission in the Red Sea takes off amid a hail of Houthi drones

The French armed forces said on Tuesday that they had done so intercepted two drones launched by the Houthis from Yemen in the airspace over the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, marking the first intervention by the European Union (EU) naval mission in the face of rebel attacks in the area.

“French multi-purpose frigates were discovered on the night of February 19th to 20th Several drone attacks from Yemen in their respective patrol areas in the Gulf of Aden and the southern Red Sea,” said the French Defense Ministry, emphasizing this “Two drones were intercepted.”

He argued that “these measures contribute to maritime security between the Suez Canal and the Strait of Hormuz and are part of the defense of freedom of navigation, the objective of EUNAVFOR Operation ‘Aspides’ – the European Naval Forces.” – on 19 “Launched by the EU under Greek command in February.”

The EU officially announced the launch of the “Aspides” on Monday. Four frigates are designed to escort merchant ships and deter Houthi attacks on ships transiting these waters. These actions represent the rebels’ response to the Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip, launched after attacks by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on October 7.

The Houthis, which are supported by Iran and control the Yemeni capital Sanaa. and other areas in the north and west of the country have launched several attacks against Israeli territory and against ships with any connection to Israel since 2015, promising to continue these actions until the Israeli army ends its offensive against Gaza.

They have also threatened to attack American and British ships in the region in response to bombings by both countries in recent weeks against Yemen, which Washington and London say are aimed at Prevent rebel operations and ensure freedom of navigation in the region.

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