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Greek Frigate Patrolling Red Sea Fires at Drones Launched by Houthis

The Greek frigate Hydra, which is part of an international mission in the Red Sea to thwart attacks on commercial ships by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen fired on drones, driving them away.

The operation is called Aspides, the Greek word for shields, and includes vessels from the European Union, United States and United Kingdom in a bid to keep the sea open as it leads to the Suez Canal and some shippers had diverted around it.

It was the first engagement for the frigate, said Maritime Executive, the vessel deployed just a few weeks earlier in a mission that is being overseen by a Greek Commodore and headquartered in the Greek central city of Larissa.

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Reports said the Hydra encountered two Houthi drones while in the Gulf of Aden, firing at them, the Hellenic Navy reporting the drones withdrew, alternating course away from the warship and the ships in the region. An Italian ship also fired on the drones.

Greece is taking part as the disruption in commercial ship traffic is affecting the country’s main port of Piraeus which has seen a 13 percent drop in activity since the attacks began in the Red Sea.

While US and UK ships have launched strikes on Houthi sites in Yemen, the EU vessels are limited to only defensive action. The US said the terrorists fired a close-range ballistic

Shipping executives speaking at the Capital Link Forum in New York said despite the efforts to stop the attacks that they expect them to continue even if there’s an end to Israel’s invasion of the Gaza Strip in a hunt for Hamas terrorists.

The Houthis said they are attacking ships in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, where the Israeli invasion has continued trying to find the terrorists who raided Israel in October, 2023 and killed more than 1200 people.

Israeli airstrikes and land operations have killed nearly 32,000 people and a blockade has brought nearly 25 percent of the population of 2.4 million people near starvation although humanitarian aid has begun to be delivered through nearby Cyprus.

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