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USA warship 'again targeted in apparent failed missile attack'

20 Octubre 2016
USA warship 'again targeted in apparent failed missile attack'

"Our sailors and ships are unharmed, and we are still assessing the situation".

"The Mason once again appears to have come under attack in the Red Sea, again from coastal defence cruise missiles fired from the coast of Yemen", Admiral Richardson said during a ship christening in Baltimore.

The destroyer was targeted by missiles fired from rebel-controlled areas in Yemen twice earlier this week, prompting the USA military to launch cruise missiles that destroyed three radar sites in response.

The U.S. Navy tweeted a video of the destroyer USS Nitze launching Tomahawk cruise missiles at Houthi-held radar stations on the Red Sea coast.

The officials were not authorized to discuss the incident publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Just two days earlier, a US warship fired Tomahawk missiles into Yemen to destroy three radar sites that Pentagon leaders believed played a role in the earlier attacks.

The airstrike, which struck the capital of Sanaa Oct. 8., was one of the deadliest single attacks in the country's civil war, a United Nations official said, and was condemned by the United Nations and others.

After the earlier attempted missile attacks this week, a Defense Department official warned that those who fire on US vessels do so at their peril.

Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies did not immediately comment on the incident Saturday.

The Pentagon last Thursday stressed the limited nature of the strikes, aimed at radar that it suspected enabled the launch of at least three missiles against the Mason on Oct 9 and last Wednesday.

US defense officials said late Saturday an initial assessment given by Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, had yet to be finalized and the incident was still being reviewed to determine exactly what happened.

The missiles were fired on the USS Mason this week as it was in the area of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, officials said.

If confirmed, it will be the third attack in around a week targeting the destroyer USS Mason and other USA ships in the region.

The supporting a coalition of Sunni Arab states led by Saudi Arabia that is fighting the Houthis.