Missiles target US Navy ship off coast of Yemen

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The US Navy destroyer USS Mason came under fire by two missiles off the coast of Yemen in the early evening hours Sunday.

NBC News has the details of the attack that appears to have originated from a Shiite controlled territory in the war-torn nation:

The two missiles were fired over the course of an hour and “impacted the water before reaching the ship,” according to the statement. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack, which the Pentagon said originated from territory controlled by Shiite Houthi rebels fighting the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The Shiite Houthi rebels are supported y Iran, the Oama Administration’s “partners in peace.”

The New York Times has more details, including a statement from the Pentagon:

On Sunday evening, the destroyer Mason, while conducting routine operations in international waters, detected two missiles that were fired at the ship within a one-hour period, according to a statement from Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.

Captain Davis said both missiles landed well shy of the ship — he would not say by how much — and caused no damage or injuries. The ship was operating in the southern end of the Red Sea, north of the Bab el Mandeb Strait.

“We assess the missiles were launched from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen,” Captain Davis said.

The missile attack comes weeks after multiple incidents in the Persian Gulf involving Iranian military boats antagonizing American war ships while on routine patrol and ten months, almost to the day, from Iran capturing 10 sailors and holding them in a humiliating display last January.

050208-N-5345W-016 Persian Gulf (Feb. 8, 2005) Ð The guided missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) underway in the Persian Gulf. Mason is conducting operations in the Persian Gulf as a part of Destroyer Squadron Two Six (DESRON 26) and the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group (CSG). The Truman CSG and CVW-3 are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kristopher Wilson (RELEASED)

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