The German naval frigate Hessen, sent to protect commercial vessels in the Red Sea, accidentally almost shot down an American drone.

This is reported by DW.

The German Ministry of Defense confirmed the drone incident involving an ally, but did not name the country.

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said the Hessen frigate, which arrived in the region at the weekend as part of an EU mission to protect international shipping from attacks by Yemen's Houthis,

opened fire after efforts to identify the unidentified drone "were unsuccessful".

"This case was resolved when it turned out that it was not an enemy drone, which became clear only in retrospect," said the spokesman of the German Defense Ministry, Michael Stampfl.

Two missiles fired by a drone

missed the target and fell into the sea

due to a "technical defect", reports Der Spiegel.

This edition also indicated that it was an American

Reaper reconnaissance drone.

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Spiegel suggested that the drone could be in the area "as part of an American anti-terrorist mission" unrelated to the mission in the Red Sea.

According to the newspaper, military officials believe that it showed that there should be better coordination between the allies involved in the various missions in the region around Yemen.

As reported by the daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, "it is common knowledge that US combat drones are being used in the region, which have nothing to do with the operation in the Red Sea."

It is noted that the "Hessen", whose crew consists of 240 German soldiers and sailors, had more success on February 28 when it successfully shot down two Houthi drones within 15 minutes.

By the way, the day before, the USA, Great Britain and their allies launched new strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen, including underground weapons depots, missile bases, UAV complexes, air defense systems, radars and helicopters.

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