DECEMBER 9, 2022
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German Warship Mistakenly Fires on American Drone in Red Sea

German Warship Mistakenly Fires on American Drone in Red Sea

Reports have emerged stating that a German warship participating in a European coalition effort in the Red Sea against Yemen has accidentally targeted and fired upon an American MQ-9 Reaper drone. German media sources labeled the incident as a friendly fire occurrence.

According to Der Spiegel, the warship launched two missiles at the drone, but both projectiles failed to hit their target due to a technical malfunction, causing them to crash into the sea. The "Hesse" frigate, involved in the incident, had been deployed to the Red Sea earlier in the month as part of efforts to counter Yemen's alleged pro-Palestinian operations.

The confusion leading to the attack occurred when attempts to identify the drone proved unsuccessful, said Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, who confirmed that the drone was not hit and later identified as a reconnaissance aircraft.

Notably, the drone was unrelated to the US-led naval coalition operating in the Red Sea to address Yemeni activities. The incident has prompted discussions about the necessity for better coordination among allies engaged in various missions in the region surrounding Yemen.

The incident underscores the complexities and risks involved in multinational military operations, especially in volatile regions such as the Red Sea, where multiple actors pursue differing objectives.

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