Attack on warship shows seriousness of Houthi threat -Tajani

The drone attack that an Italian Navy destroyer warship neutralized in the Red Sea at the weekend shows the seriousness of the threat posed by Yemeni-based Houthi rebels, Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani told the Lower House on Tuesday before a vote to approve Italy’s participation in the Aspides mission.

“Last Saturday the Caio Duilio destroyer shot down a drone launched by the Houthis in the Bab El Mandeb Strait,” Tajani said.

“On behalf of the Government and, I am sure, of the entire Chamber, I would like to renew my deep gratitude to the crew of the Duilio ship and to all the Armed Forces for their constant, precious work.

“The attack on Duilio once again confirms the seriousness of the terrorist threat from the Houthis and the timeliness of the initiatives that the Government has decided to undertake”.

Italy has a lead role in the EU Aspides mission to shield Red Sea shipping from the Houthi attacks that started after Israel began its war against Hamas in Gaza following the October 7 massacres.