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EU: Targeting of Emirati Ship off Yemen ‘Unacceptable’

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The EU yesterday called for respecting the freedom of movement and security in the Bab Al-Mandeb Straits off the southern coast of Yemen, adding that the attack

On an Emirati ship last weekend was “unacceptable”.

Frederica Mogherini, representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said: “The attack on the Emirati ship in the Red Sea is unacceptable. We call for the respect of the freedom of movement and navigation security in the Bab Al-Mandeb Strait at all times in accordance with international law.”

On Saturday, the Arab alliance announced that civilian passengers had to be rescued after Houthis targeted an Emirati ship, east of Yemen. The Houthis admitted responsibility for this.

Abu Dhabi is involved in an alliance to support legitimacy in Yemen with 30 fighter jets and is considered the largest air force in the coalition after Saudi Arabia, which has 100 jets. However, Abu Dhabi did not announce the number of ground forces it has deployed.

Regarding the conflict in Yemen, Mogherini added: “The recent developments in Yemen would constitute a violation of the agreements reached by all the parties regarding achieving a comprehensive political solution to the conflict. These developments may also create dangerous obstacles for the UN mediation efforts.”

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