France says it downed a drone in Houthi-claimed tanker attack

A French frigate shot down a drone that was threatening a Norwegian-flagged tanker in an attack claimed by Houthi rebels off Yemen’s coast in the Red Sea, the French defense ministry says.

The Languedoc frigate, “which was patrolling in the area, intercepted and destroyed a drone directly threatening the Strinda,” the defense ministry says in a statement, adding the warship moved to protect the vessel to prevent an “attempted hijacking.”

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