Houthi movement

Germany approves military participation in EU Red Sea mission

The German government has approved the deployment of armed forces in a European Union naval mission in the Red Sea to protect merchant ships from attacks by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi militia, a government spokesperson said on Friday.

Greece, France and Italy are among the countries that will participate in the mission, named Aspides, meaning protector.

Greece’s Star Bulk to avoid Red Sea after attacks on its ships

Greece-headquartered Star Bulk will halt sailings through the Red Sea after Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two of its ships in recent days, the group's CEO said.

The Houthis have targeted commercial vessels with drones and missiles in the Red Sea since mid-November in what they describe as acts of solidarity with Palestinians against Israel in the Gaza war.

Israeli delegation departs Cairo as pressure mounts for Gaza ceasefire

An Israeli delegation left talks in Cairo to pause the Israel-Hamas war on Tuesday, Israeli and U.S. media reported.

Israeli intelligence chief David Barnea met CIA Director William Burns in the Egyptian capital for talks on a Qatari-brokered plan to temporarily halt fighting in Gaza.

Vasileios Gryparis appointed Commander of EU’s Red Sea mission

Commodore Vasileios Gryparis has been appointed EU Operation Commander of the European Union's naval mission in the Red Sea, according to the Official Journal of the European Union issued on Monday.

The EU mission - dubbed Aspides, from the Greek for "shield" - which will be launched in mid-February, aims to protect merchant ships from attacks by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi militia.