The US military has launched strikes on radar sites in Yemen, the Pentagon announced, according to Reuters. The move comes in response to failed attacks on the US navy destroyer USS Mason.
According to the Pentagon’s initial assessments, three “radar sites” in the Houthi rebel-controlled area of Yemen were destroyed in the attack.
“These limited self-defense strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships, and our freedom of navigation in this important maritime passageway,” the statement reads.
Meanwhile, PENTAGON says it has “struck three radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory on Yemen’s Red Sea” pic.twitter.com/NfE5SveQ6k
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The US military vowed to respond to “any further threat to our ships and commercial traffic,” according to a statement cited by Reuters.
arlier on Wednesday, USS Mason fell under fire for the second time in four days. At least one rocket was fired at the destroyer, causing “no damage to the ship or its crew,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.