U.S. ship fires missiles at Yemeni rebel sites

U.S.  ship fires missiles at Yemeni rebel sitesAmerica has launched a missile attack on the radar sites in Yemen after a failed attack on a U.S. Navy ship.

The strikes, authorised by President Obama, were designed to knock out three coastal radar sites controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi forces.

It is the first direct military action by the U.S. against such targets in Yemen's conflict.

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said: "Early this morning local time, the U.S. military struck three radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory on Yemen's Red Sea coast. Initial assessments show the sites were destroyed.”

Still, the Pentagon appeared to stress the limited nature of the strikes, which were aimed at radar that enabled the launch of at least three missiles against the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason since Sunday.

"The strikes...targeted radar sites involved in the recent missile launches threatening USS Mason and other vessels operating in international waters in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandeb,” Cook said.

"These limited self-defense strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships, and our freedom of navigation in this important maritime passageway," he added.

The action came after missile attack for the second time in days when on Sunday two missiles were fired at the USS Mason from the same rebel-held territory.
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