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EU to launch a Red Sea naval mission within 3 weeks to protect ships from continued Houthi attacks

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell says he expects an EU naval mission in the Red Sea to be launched within three weeks. Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen have waged a campaign of drone and missile attacks on commercial ships since the Israel-Hamas war started in October. It has hampered trade and driven up prices. The U.S. and U.K. have launched retaliatory strikes to dissuade the Houthis. But Borrell said Wednesday that the EU effort would focus solely on protecting ships. Officials say seven EU countries could provide ships or planes. Belgium has already committed to send a frigate. Germany is expected to do the same, while France, Greece and Italy are vying to lead the mission.

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