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.