U.S. strikes Yemen radar sites after missile attacks on U.S. Navy ship

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The U.S. Navy fired three missiles at Yemen on Thursday, in Washington’s first direct military assault against Iran-backed Houthi forces.

The Pentagon stressed that the strikes were a retaliatory measure, after a U.S. ship in the Red Sea was earlier targeted by missiles from Houthi-controlled territory, Reuters reported.

U.S. Navy destroyer the USS Nitze launched three Tomahawk missiles against three Houthi-controlled coastal radar sites.

According to the Pentagon, the radar sites were in remote areas and the risk of civilian casualties was low.

U.S. defense officials said the radar sites were used to launch at least three missiles against U.S. Navy ship the USS Mason on Sunday and Wednesday.

The Houthis are fighting the internationally recognized government of Yemen and currently hold the capital city Sanaa.

The Houthis denied launching any strikes against U.S. ships and said the allegations were a ruse designed to escalate aggression against the Yemeni people.

The U.S. warned that it would respond to any threat against its Navy or commercial ships in the area.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. USS Nitze fires three Tomahawk missiles
2. Radar site destroyed
3. Map of three destroyed radar sites
4. Radar tracks U.S. Navy ship; missile launched

“U.S. Navy destroyer the USS Nitze launched three Tomahawk missiles against Houthi controlled targets on Thursday.”

“The strikes were aimed at three coastal radar sites, which U.S. officials said enabled earlier missile attacks on a U.S. ship in the Red Sea.”

“‘According to the Pentagon, the radar sites were in remote areas and the risk of civilian casualties was low.”

“U.S. defense officials said the radar sites were used to launch at least three missiles against U.S. Navy ship the USS Mason on Sunday and Wednesday.”

SOURCES: Reuters, BBC
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-missiles-idUSKCN12C294
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37639565