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EU sending naval mission to protect international shipping in the Red Sea

Yemen
Published Feb 20, 2024

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In response to increased attacks by Yemen's Houthis disrupting global shipping, the European Union (EU) is deploying three warships and airborne early warning systems to the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The EU-led mission, Aspides, aims to protect international shipping across several key waterways. The attacks have led to shipping companies avoiding the Suez Canal, opting for longer, more expensive routes, thereby increasing delivery times and costs, and significantly reducing the revenues of Egypt's Suez Canal.
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The European Union will be sending three European warships and airborne early warning systems to the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, to protect international shipping, following a meeting of EU foreign ministers President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen welcomed Monday's decision and posted on social media platform X, “Europe will ensure freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, working alongside our international partners. Beyond crisis response, it's a step towards a stronger European presence at sea to protect our European interests.” The EU-led mission has been named Aspides — which is the ancient Greek word for shield. The EU operation covers the Strait of Bab al-Mandab, the Strait of Hormuz, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. The measures come in response to increased attacks by Yemen's Houthis, who have been launching missile and drone attacks in the vital shipping corridor. The Iran-backed Houthis stepped up ...
Source: MercoPress
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