US strikes Houthi sites in Yemen

US strikes Houthi sites in Yemen

Alsahwah Net- A U.S. Navy destroyer on Wednesday night launched cruise missiles at three coastal radar sites run by the Houthi rebels along the western coast of Yemen.

This strike came as retaliation for the missiles launched this week toward a U.S. military ship in the Red Sea.

The Pentagon said the offensive, launched from the U.S. destroyer Nitze, was aimed at installations in an area controlled by Houthi rebels. Initial assessments show the sites were destroyed, according to U.S. officials.

The Houthi rebels on Monday morning targeted a US warship off the Yemeni coast in Bab El-Mandab. Two missiles were fired at the USS Mason from Houthi-controlled territory in war torn Yemen, Capt. Jeff Davis said. The US ship, a guided-missile destroyer, deployed "onboard defensive measures" and was undamaged, he said.

The warship was in international waters more than 12 nautical miles (22 km) offshore, in the southern end of the Red Sea, north of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, according to a defense official.

Meanwhile, Chief of the Yemeni Military's Morale Guidance Department Mohsin Khasrouf has warned that international navigation will face dangers in Bab El-Mandab Strait , the Red Sea and the Arab Gulf as long as the Houthis have Iranian long-range weapons.

In an interview with the London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper, he said that Iranian ships smuggle weapons to the Houthis, pointing out that Iran blatantly intervene in Yemen.

Meanwhile, the Houthi rebels on Monday morning targeted a US warship off the Yemeni coast in Bab El-Mandab. Two missiles were fired at the USS Mason from Houthi-controlled territory in war torn Yemen, Capt. Jeff Davis said.

The US ship, a guided-missile destroyer, deployed "onboard defensive measures" and was undamaged, he said.

The warship was in international waters more than 12 nautical miles (22 km) offshore, in the southern end of the Red Sea, north of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, according to a defense official.

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