Waves of Fear Rising in Red Sea: Houthi’s Undeterred Rebellion Strikes Back

The maritime traffic in the Red Sea has recently been witnessing a downtick in the intensity and frequency of from Yemen's in the early half of April. However, a sudden surge in these atrocities post Iran's assault on Israel on April 14 has raised concerns about the potential extension of these threats to the Mediterranean.

The U.S. analysis indicates that the rebels are likely to stay in action for an extended period. This is mainly due to Iran's continuous aid, which facilitates the uninterrupted manufacturing of and weaponry by the Houthis. Despite the impacts of the strikes, the rebels seem undeterred and resolute in carrying on the attacks.

Maritime Protection Operations

In retaliation, two major operations have been set in motion to safeguard the maritime traffic in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. These are the U.S.-led “Guardian of Prosperity” and the EU-led EUNAVFOR Aspides.

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As of April 14, Operation Aspides' commendable performance has led to the destruction of 9 aerial drones, 1 surface drone, and 4 ballistic missiles due to four operating ships. This achievement is majorly credited to the FREMM DA Alsace, which was later replaced by another FREMM. The identity of the latter FREMM is yet to be disclosed officially but is speculated to be the FREMM DA Lorraine.

French Intervention

The reported on May 4 that a kamikaze drone, launched by the Houthi rebels targeting a group of three commercial ships near the Bab el Mandeb strait, was intercepted and destroyed by a French frigate with an Aster missile.

For over five months, France has been deploying a frigate in the Red Sea. This strategic move not only shields the commercial ships but also contributes significantly towards and freedom of navigation.

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