PARIS: The French navy has shot down two drones over the Red Sea where Yemen’s Houthi militants have been attacking ships, the defense ministry in Paris said Tuesday.
The navy, which has two frigates deployed in the area, detected “multiple drone attacks originating in Yemen” overnight Monday to Tuesday, before destroying two of the unmanned aircrafts, the ministry said.
The attack came a day after the European Union formally launched a naval mission to protect Red Sea shipping from the Iran-backed Houthis who control much of war-torn Yemen.
The secound day of oral proceedings began on Tuesday at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning the legal ramifications of Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories.
Representatives from South Africa, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, and Belgium have presented preliminary arguments.
Over 50 states and at least three international organizations are slated to address the judges at the United Nations' top court until February 26. A nonbinding legal opinion is anticipated following months of judge deliberations.