Missiles fired from rebel-held Yemen land near US destroyer

Dubai—Two missiles fired from rebel-held territory in Yemen landed near an American destroyer passing by in the Red Sea, the United States Navy said on Monday.
While the Navy said the missiles, fired in a span of 60 minutes, landed in the water before reaching the USS Mason, the launches come after another Emirati ship suffered massive damage from a rocket attack days earlier.
Meanwhile, a ballistic missile launched from Yemen apparently targeted a Saudi air base near the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi and rebel media reported _ the deepest strike yet into the kingdom by Shiite rebels and their allies.
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.
Lt. Ian McConnaughey, a spokesman for US Navy Forces Central Command, said Monday it’s unclear if the Mason was specifically targeted, though the missiles were fired in its direction.
Last week, an Emirati-leased Swift boat came under rocket fire near the same area. The United Arab Emirates described the vessel as carrying humanitarian aid and having a crew of civilians, while the Houthis called the boat a warship.
An Arab coalition intercepted two missiles fired by Yemen’s Houthi group at targets in Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Marib province on Sunday, Saudi Arabian official media reported.
Warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition later attacked the two military bases from which the missiles were fired, the Saudi Press Agency reported late on Sunday. A base in the capital Sanaa fired one missile towards Marib, and a base in northern Saada province launched a missile towards the Saudi city of Taif, the site of a Saudi air force base.—Reuters

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