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EU nations unite for military operation against Houthis in Red Sea

EU nations unite for military operation against Houthis in Red Sea Head of EU Diplomacy Josep Borrell (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

The European Union countries have reached a fundamental political agreement to launch a military operation to ensure the security of maritime trade in the Red Sea, states the EU's head of diplomacy, Josep Borrell.

According to his statement, ideally, the mission is set to begin in February and put an end to Houthi attacks from Yemen.

As per the current plans, the EU mission will involve deploying European military ships and early warning air systems to protect cargo vessels in the region.

However, the U.S. does not plan to participate in attacks on Houthi positions in Yemen.

Yemen strike

On the night of January 12, the United States and the United Kingdom jointly launched strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen. The operation involved aircraft and ships. The targets of the strikes were weapons storage facilities and training bases of the Houthis. A fire broke out as a result of one of the strikes, and videos of it appeared online.

Subsequently, Washington and London launched several more strikes on Houthi targets.

Earlier, we wrote about who the Houthis are and why they attack ships in the Red Sea.

In addition, Germany will send the frigate Hessen to the Red Sea as part of the EU mission against the Houthis.