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Germany's lower house of parliament approved on Friday the deployment
Germany's lower house of parliament approved on Friday the deployment of a ship and up to 1,400 German military personnel to the Gulf of Aden to combat piracy, Deutsche Welle news agency reported.

The Bundestag voted 491-55 for the measure, which is within the framework of an EU anti-piracy operation, dubbed Atalanta, to protect shipping lanes off the Horn of Africa against Somali pirates.

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Tuesday authorizing countries and multinational organizations to "undertake all necessary measures in Somalia, including in its airspace" to prevent "acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea."

Resolution 1851 (2008), which was drafted by the United States, will be in effect for one year.

Germany has offered a naval frigate, the Karlsruhe, and up to 1,400 sailors, airmen and other military personnel to support the program, although significantly fewer troops are expected to be involved.

The German government also made clear that it would not send German forces to chase after pirates on the shores of Somalia, Der Spiegel news magazine reported.

In October, Russia sent the Neustrashimy (Fearless) missile frigate from the Northern Fleet to Somalia's coast to protect commercial shipping. The Neustrashimy will continue its mission until the end of the year, when it will be replaced by the Pacific Fleet's destroyer Admiral Vinogradov.

China's Global Times newspaper said on Thursday that Beijing would send three ships to the Gulf of Aden "in the near future," although the report has not been confirmed.

Pirates have been increasingly active in the waters off east Africa, where over 120 ships have been attacked so far this year, with around 40 vessels seized.


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