Missiles are fired from Yemen near US destroyer


Two missiles fired from rebel-held territory in Yemen fell short of a USA warship patrolling the Red Sea off the coast of the war-torn country, the United States navy said yesterday.

USA officials, for their part, have confirmed that two missiles were fired from Yemen at a US naval destroyer - the USS Mason - but that neither projectile had struck the ship. "Even as we assist Saudi Arabia regarding the defense of their territorial integrity, we have and will continue to express our serious concerns about the conflict in Yemen and how it has been waged", said U.S. National Security Council spokesman Ned Price, quoted by CNN.

Asked whether the Pentagon was developing targets for retaliatory strikes, Davis said: "I'm not confirming that right now".

In a statement, the Navy said no American sailors were injured and no damage was done to the USS Mason, an Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyer whose home port is Norfolk, Virginia.

"We must do everything possible to ensure the authors of these heinous attacks face justice", Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said after a meeting in Paris with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

The coalition intervened in March a year ago in support of Hadi's government after the Houthis overran much of Yemen including the capital Sanaa.

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The missile fire comes after the Iran-backed rebels blamed the coalition for an air raid that killed more than 140 people and wounded at least 525 on Saturday at a funeral in Sanaa.

The Saudi-led coalition launched a military air campaign against Houthis and Saleh's forces on March 26, 2015 to restore Hadi to power and recapture the capital. USA military action in the country has largely been reserved for the battle against al Qaeda's affiliate, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, not the Houthis.

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This was the first time that US ships were targeted by a missile launch from Yemen.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who issued a strongly worded statement Sunday condemning the funeral hall bombing, suggested that the world body might yet seek to hold Saudi officials accountable for the ever-rising tide of destruction and death in Yemen.

The Saudi military said it earlier intercepted another ballistic missile fired Sunday on the Yemeni city of Marib. He did not say who was responsible, but the Saudi-led coalition has the only warplanes known to be operating in Yemen. The U.N. and rights groups estimate the conflict has killed at least 9,000 people and displaced almost 3 million more.