In a significant move to bolster regional security, the French Navy's Languedoc frigate intercepted and downed two drones launched from Yemen's Houthi-controlled area. The drones, fired with apparent intent to strike the frigate, were launched from near Al Hudaydah, a port city under the control of the Iran-backed Houthis.
The Rising Threat of Drones in Regional Conflicts
The use of drones has emerged as a common tactic in regional conflicts, posing substantial threats to both military and civilian vessels. The Languedoc, deployed in the Indian Ocean Maritime Zone since August, recently escorted the US Navy's USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf. This incident underscores the escalating drone activity linked to the conflict in Yemen and the broader region.
Houthis Escalate Attacks in the Red Sea
Earlier on Saturday, a Houthi military spokesperson threatened to attack any ship heading toward Israel, regardless of its origin. The Houthis have intensified their attacks on civilian and military vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden in recent weeks. On Wednesday, they claimed to have launched ballistic missiles toward Eilat, a claim corroborated by the IDF, which said it intercepted a missile over the Red Sea. In a separate incident, the US Navy reported shooting down a drone launched from a Houthi-controlled area of Yemen.
International Forces on High Alert
The interception of these aerial vehicles by the French Navy underscores the active involvement of international forces in maintaining maritime security. These efforts are crucial to monitoring the situation and preventing potential attacks, given the increased drone activity linked to the conflict in Yemen. Amid concerns about a potential escalation, the international community is on high alert, working tirelessly to ensure both maritime and regional security.