France to help UAE secure airspace from Yemen attacks
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 Houthi 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 hub, usually a safe haven in the volatile region.
French 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.
Les Emirats arabes unis ont été victimes de graves attaques sur leur territoire au mois de janvier. Afin de marquer notre solidarité à l’égard de ce pays ami, la France a décidé d’apporter un soutien militaire, notamment pour protéger leur espace aérien contre toute intrusion. pic.twitter.com/DGnQjtRSnh— Florence Parly (@florence_parly) February 4, 2022
France is also helping the UAE with aerial surveillance, using Rafale fighter jets stationed at France's air base in Abu Dhabi, she 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.