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US ‘to retaliate’ attack on warships off Yemen coast

The US Navy has said the missiles were fired within an hour of each other on Sunday from territory in Yemen controlled by Houthi militias

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The United States threatened Tuesday to retaliate for a missile attack that missed a pair of US warships in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen. “Counterstrike, retaliatory strike: I can tell you that those things are things that we are looking at,” said Navy Captain Jeff Davis, a Defense Department spokesman.

The US Navy has said the missiles, which fell short of the USS Mason, a destroyer, and the USS Ponce, an amphibious warfare ship, were fired within an hour of each other on Sunday from territory in Yemen controlled by Houthi militias.

“We want very much to get to the bottom of what happened,” said Davis. “We’re going to find out who did this and we will take action accordingly.” “We will make sure that anybody who interferes with freedom of navigation and puts US Navy ship at risk understands they do so at their own peril,” he said.

According to the Pentagon, Sunday's missile strikes targeted the USS Mason and the USS Ponce, which were patrolling near each other. A Houthi militias spokesman denied the US ships were targeted. The Mason took countermeasures after detecting the first missile, which fell into the sea.

No countermeasures were taken when the warships detected a second missile fired about an hour later. It also fell into the sea. The incident came just days after a warship from the United Arab Emirates, a Saudi ally, was hit by rocket fire in the Red Sea.