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Missiles fired from rebel-held area in Yemen near U.S. destroyer

FILE- In this Saturday, March 12, 2011 file photo, U.S. destroyer USS Mason sails in the Suez canal in Ismailia, Egypt. Two missiles fired from rebel-held territory in Yemen landed near an American destroyer passing by in the Red Sea, the U.S. Navy said on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/File)

Two missiles fired from rebel-held territory in Yemen landed near an American destroyer passing by in the Red Sea, the second such launch targeting ships in the crucial international waterway in recent days, the U.S. Navy said on Monday. The missile launches came as a ballistic missile fired from Yemen apparently targeted a Saudi air base near the Muslim holy city of Mecca, the deepest strike yet into the kingdom by Shiite rebels and their allies. In a statement, the Navy said that no American sailors were injured and no damage occurred to the USS Mason, an Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyer.

[The Houthi movement] denies targeting any ship off Yemeni waters.

Houthi official

Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies offered no reason for the launches, though they came after a Saudi-led airstrike targeting a funeral in Yemen's capital killed over 140 people and wounded 525 on Saturday. It was unclear what actions the U.S. military might take, but Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis stressed a commitment to defend freedom of navigation and protect U.S. forces.

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The destroyer at the time of the missile fire was north of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which serves as a gateway for oil tankers headed to Europe through the Suez Canal.

Yemeni Civil War (2015–present)

The Yemeni Civil War is an ongoing conflict that began in 2015 between two factions claiming to constitute the Yemeni government, along with their supporters and allies. Houthi forces controlling the capital Sana'a and allied with forces loyal to the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh have clashed with forces loyal to the government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, based in Aden.

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Yemen Civil War

An estimated 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen's war. The United Nations blames Saudi-led coalition strikes for 60 percent of some 3,800 civilian deaths since the strikes began in March 2015.

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