Yemen Civil War
Houthi rebels fired missiles at US naval ship. [Representative Image] In Picture: People stand at the site of an airstrike which witnesses said was by Saudi-led coalition aircraft on mourners at a hall where a wake for the father of Jalal al-Roweishan, the interior minister in the Houthi-dominated Yemeni government, was being held, in Sanaa, Yemen 8 October 2016.Reuters

A US naval ship, USS Mason an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer came under missile attack from the Houthi rebels from the Yemeni territory held by them on Sunday. The two missiles that were fired missed their target, Reuters reported.

"Both missiles impacted the water before reaching the ship," said Captain Jeff Davis, Pentagon spokesman. "There were no injuries to our sailors and no damage to the ship," he said.

The incident happened in a 60-minute period when USS Mason was in the Red Sea off Yemen's coast.

The report also stated that the attack on the US ship follows a similar attack on UAE ship a week ago.

The US military has been facing increasing risks for its involvement in Yemen conflict. The US had recently called for a review of its support to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, following the aerial bombing of mourners, which killed 140 people in Sanaa.

US and Saudi Arabia accuse Iran of supplying weapons to the Houthi rebels. The Houthi are Shia Muslims and Iran, a Shia dominant country. Iran has rejected US and Saudi Arabian claims on weapons supply but have said that the Houthi have legitimate authority in Yemen.

The ongoing civil war in Yemen has killed an estimated 10,000 people. The United Nations (UN) has blamed aerial strikes from the Saudi-led coalition for 60 percent of some 3,800 civilian deaths since it began its campaign in March 2015.

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