French ship to protect Somali food aid from mid-November:
A French naval vessel will in mid-November start protecting food aid destined for the beleaguered Somalis from pirate attacks, a French naval officer said Thursday.
"We have plans to send a warship from France's frigate class ... to escort WFP food aid from Mombasa to Mogadishu starting from mid-November in operations that will last until mid-January," Vice Admiral Jacques Launay, told AFP.
"The operations have a defensive and preventive posture but they will respond if they come under attack," he added.
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