Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

A German navy frigate, the “Hesse,” deployed to enhance security for merchant shipping in the Red Sea, successfully thwarted an attack by Houthi rebels, according to the army’s announcement overnight to Wednesday.

The incident occurred on Tuesday evening when the “Hesse” intercepted a drone. Subsequently, a second drone approached the frigate, prompting the crew to initiate defense measures, successfully engaging and repelling the target. The army confirmed there were no injuries or damage to the frigate.

The attack transpired around 9:30 pm (2030 GMT). The “Hesse” was dispatched to the region as part of an EU mission launched on February 19, aiming to safeguard international shipping in the Red Sea from Houthi attacks.

Houthi rebels, controlling significant portions of Yemen, have been targeting the vital shipping lane since November, expressing solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza during the Israel-Hamas conflict.

The United States leads its naval coalition in the area, conducting strikes on the Houthi rebels in Yemen alongside Britain. The EU’s rapid agreement on the Red Sea mission reflects growing concerns about potential economic damage and inflation resulting from Houthi attacks.

The “Hesse” arrived in the region over the weekend following approval by the German parliament on Friday for its participation in the mission. France, Italy, and Belgium have also announced plans to contribute ships to the mission.

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