Thursday, October 13, 2016

Houthi Rebels Deny Firing Missiles At U.S. Warships

A handout image released by the US navy shows a guided-missile destroyer USS Mason. The US navy said that two missiles fired from Houthi-held territory in Yemen fell short of the US warship while it was patrolling the Red Sea. Navy Visual News Service (NVNS) / AFP

DW: After US strikes Yemen, Houthis deny firing on ships

Yemeni rebels deny targeting a US ship in the Red Sea. The United States has supported the Saudi-led coalition, which has left much of the country in rubble after a year and a half of airstrikes.

Houthis deny accusations that they fired missiles at a US destroyer off Yemen's coast. "Those claims are baseless," a rebel official told the Saba news agency.

The Pentagon claims that missiles fired from rebel territory landed in a strait where the USS Mason guided missile destroyer and USS Ponce transport dock were operating. Neither missile struck the ships or caused damage in the Bab al-Mandab Strait.

The United States has already retaliated, however, destroying rebel-controlled radar sites in attacks authorized by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

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Update #1: Houthis deny targeting U.S. warship off Yemeni coasts (Xinhuanet)
Update #2: Yemen's Houthi movement denies attack on U.S. warship: official (Reuters)

WNU Editor: Their denials are falling on deaf ears.

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