Connect with us


German frigate deployed to Red Sea repels first Houthi attack



A German naval frigate has shot down drones deployed by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen for the first time.

It is a part of an EU naval mission in the Red Sea to protect commercial shipping.

The Hessen shot down two drones in quick succession on Tuesday evening, the German operations command said.

The targets were successfully hit, and “there was no injury to personnel or damage to property on the frigate,’’ the command centre said.

This was the German navy’s first confrontation during this mission which involved live weapons.

The German forces have been involved in the mission since Friday.

The aim was to protect international law, freedom, and security on the seas, but also about stabilising trade routes and the entire region, German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said last week.

“It is no exaggeration to say that this is the most serious, the most dangerous deployment of the navy in decades,’’ Pistorius said.

The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement that between 9:50 pm and 10:55 p.m. local time (0050 GMT-0155 GMT Wednesday).

“U.S. aircraft and a coalition warship’’ shot down five Houthi one-way attack drones over the Red Sea.

The command did not specify whether the coalition warship was the Hessen.

CENTCOM forces identified the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) originating from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.

It was determined that they presented an imminent threat to merchant vessels and the U.S. Navy and coalition ships in the region, the statement continued.

Last week, the Houthi militia declared its intention to expand attacks on merchant ships off Yemen’s coast.

The group’s leader, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, said in a televised address that the group was escalating its attacks in response to Israel’s escalation in the Gaza Strip.

The Houthis have in the past said they would target vessels linked to Israel, the U.S., or Britain.

So far, the militia has attacked 48 ships, al-Houthi said.

He also announced the use of underwater weapons.

Several Western countries, including the U.S. and Britain, were involved in operations to repel the attacks.

EU foreign ministers approved the mission, called Aspides after the Greek word for “shields,’’ on Monday.

It involved sending European warships and airborne early warning systems to the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, and surrounding waters.

Aspides vessels have orders only to fire on the militants if they attack first and were be authorised to shoot pre-emptively.

The operational command is in the Greek city of Larissa.

Cecilia Odey, Emmanuel Yashim

NEWSVERGE, published by The Verge Communications is an online community of international news portal and social advocates dedicated to bringing you commentaries, features, news reports from a Nigerian-African perspective. A unique organization, founded in the spirit of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, comprising of ordinary people with an overriding commitment to seeking the truth and publishing it without fear or favour. The Verge Communications is fully registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a corporate organization.



Shell Digital Plan RESPONSIVE600x750
Shell Digital Plan RESPONSIVE600x750