According to French officials, drones launched from Yemen attacked one of their vessels in the Red Sea. They were both shot down in midair.
The French Navy ship Languedoc was attacked by drones at night, but the perpetrators were not identified in a brief statement released by the Armies Ministry. The drones allegedly came directly toward the ship in Yemeni airspace in a sequence of two hours each.
About 70 miles from the Yemeni coast, near the Red Sea town of Al Hudaydah, the destroyer reportedly sank both of them. The Languedoc did not specify the weapons they used to shoot down the drones in the statement.
Supported by Iran, the Yemeni Houthi rebels have indicated their intention to attack ships in the Red Sea.
The French Navy’s frigate is now in the Red Sea on a mission.
Reports show that while assisting commercial ships in the Red Sea that were being attacked from Yemen, a US warship fired down three drones early in December. Washington blasted what it termed a clear danger to maritime security.
The commercial ship Galaxy Leader, owned by an Israeli businessman’s firm in Britain, was captured by the Houthis on November 19th.
Companies rushed to prevent cargo disruptions as global shipping costs surged after Tuesday’s assaults on ships in the Red Sea, which halted transit through the Suez Canal, a vital commercial artery. Roughly twelve percent of all maritime traffic on Earth passes through the canal.
The Suez Canal is the quickest shipping route between Europe and Asia, but it has been attacked by the Iran-aligned Houthi terrorist group, forcing major shipping giants like Maersk to divert their ships via the Cape of Good Hope.
Experts estimate that a voyage would add around ten days to the total travel time. The sailing time from Shanghai, China, to Rotterdam, the port of the Netherlands, is usually about 27 days.
Mosaic, a fertilizer firm based in the United States, said on Monday that it had redirected two cargoes to the United States around the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
The US is spearheading an international campaign to protect Red Sea trade, according to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who made the announcement on Dec. 19.