France to help UAE secure airspace from Yemen attacks
France said Friday it will help its ally the United Arab Emirates secure its airspace following drone and missile attacks by Yemeni rebels.
rance said Friday it will help its ally the United Arab Emirates secure its airspace following drone and missile attacks by Yemeni rebels.
The UAE announced the interception and destruction on Wednesday of three “hostile drones”, which follows three previous drone and missile attacks claimed by Yemen’s Iran-backed Huthi rebels since January 17.
The UAE’s staunch ally the United States has deployed a warship and fighter planes to help protect the Middle East financial and leisure hub, usually a safe haven in the volatile region.
rench Defence Minister Florence Parly said on Friday that the UAE had suffered “serious attacks on their territory since January.”
“To show our solidarity with this friendly country, France has decided to provide military backing, notably to protect their airspace from any intrusion,” she tweeted.
rance is also helping the UAE with aerial surveillance, using Rafale fighter jets stationed at France’s air base in Abu Dhabi, she said.
The UAE defence ministry confirmed that it was activating its defence cooperation agreement with France, a measure it said was discussed by its joint operations commander Major General Saleh al-Amiri on a visit to Paris.
The UAE has signed successive defence agreements with France since the 1990s, notably a 2008 accord which granted France its first permanent military base in the Gulf at Al Dhafra military airport.
rench troops in the UAE currently number around 650, a French defence ministry official said.
A little-known group called the Alwiyat al-Waad al-Haq (True Pledge Brigades), which is believed to have ties with pro-Iran armed factions in Iraq, said it launched four drones at dawn on Wednesday targeting the wealthy Gulf state.