France to help shore up UAE air defenses after Houthi drone attacks

France said on Friday it had agreed to participate in the reinforcement of the United Arab Emirates' defense system, including the deployment of Rafale jets, following Houthi attacks.

"The United Arab Emirates were victims of serious attacks on their territory in January. In order to show our solidarity with this friendly country, France has decided to provide military support, in particular, to protect the airspace against any intrusion," French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly wrote on Twitter.

The United Arab Emirates said late on Wednesday that it had intercepted three drones that entered its airspace over unpopulated areas earlier in the day, in the latest attack on the Gulf commercial and tourism hub in the past few weeks.

Earlier this week, the United States had also said it would send fighter jets to assist the United Arab Emirates following missile attacks on the Gulf state launched by Yemen's Houthi movement, including a foiled attack aimed at a base hosting US forces.