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Yemen conflict: US strikes radar sites after missile attack on ship

The US military has attacked radar sites in Yemen after a US warship in the Red Sea came under missile attack for the second time within days. The Pentagon said initial assessments showed that three radar sites involved in the recent missile launches had been destroyed.

It said the targeted sites were on territory controlled by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. The Pentagon said the strikes had been authorised by President Barack Obama. “These limited self-defence strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships, and our freedom of navigation in this important maritime passageway,” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said.

“The United States will respond to any further threat to our ships and commercial traffic, as appropriate.” There were no details on how the strikes were carried out. They came hours after at least one missile was fired at the USS Mason, a guided-missile destroyer, in the Red Sea off Yemen. The Pentagon said the ship took defensive action and suffered no damage.(BBC,2016)