The US navy on Sunday began investigating a possible overnight missile attack from Yemen on a group of American warships in the Red Sea, amid uncertainty about what transpired.
Associated Press in Dubai
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The Red Sea and the nearby strategic Bab el-Mandeb strait, a crucial chokepoint for international shipping and crude oil, has been the scene of what the US describes as at least two missile attacks from rebel-held territory in Yemen. American forces have fired back once with Tomahawk missiles, destroying mobile radar positions in the first shots fired by the US in anger in the Yemen war.
In the latest incident, a group of American warships in the Red Sea on Saturday night “had indications of a possible inbound missile threat and deployed appropriate defensive measures”, said Capt Paula Dunn, a spokeswoman for US navy forces central command.
Dunn said in a statement that all ships and sailors were safe, without elaborating.
An American defense official said on Sunday that one of the ships saw on radar what sailors believed to be missiles being fired on it out of Yemen at night. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the incident not yet made public.