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Missiles fired from rebel-held Yemen fall near U.S. warship

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 in the Red Sea, the U.S. Navy said Monday, the second such launch targeting ships in the crucial international waterway in recent days. The USS Mason, which had been conducting routine operations in international waters at the time, "detected two inbound missiles" within an hour of each other on Sunday evening. They 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.

There were no injuries to our sailors and no damage to the ship.

Paula Dunn, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command spokeswoman

Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies offered no reason for the launches, although they followed a Saudi-led airstrike on Saturday targeting a funeral in Yemen's capital, which killed over 140 people and wounded 525. The Huthis described as "unfounded" reports that they had fired missiles at the U.S. destroyer. Rebel forces "did not target any warships," according to a spokesman quoted by the insurgents' sabanews.net website.

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