Missiles Fired at US Navy Ship and Saudi Base After Funeral Attack
Yemeni rebels fired a long-range missile at a military base deep inside Saudi Arabia on Sunday evening, a day after the Saudi-led coalition bombed a funeral in Sanaa killing over 140 people.
Houthi rebels gave no reason why they fired the ballistic missile toward the King Fahd military base in the Saudi city of Taif, which is near Mecca.
However, the attack came less than 24 hours after the Saudi-led coalition was blamed for bombing a funeral in the Yemeni capital denounced by the United Nations as a “horrendous and heinous” attack.
Saudi state television broadcast a brief clip of what appeared to be the missile landing in Taif, with emergency vehicles attending the scene after an explosion was seen on camera.
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Saudi authorities said the missile caused no damage, but it was the deepest strike inside the kingdom so far carried out by Houthi rebels, with the Soviet-era Scud rocket landing some 520km beyond the Yemeni border.
The reported target of the missile strike – the King Fahd military base – is home to American soldiers who are based there to advise their Saudi counterparts on the coalition’s war in Yemen.
On Sunday night two missiles were also fired at a United States navy vessel in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, according to a spokesperson for the American navy.
The US navy said in a statement that no American sailors were injured and no damage caused to the USS Mason, which is a guided missile destroyer usually homed in Norfolk, Virginia.
Previous attacks by the Houthis have hit Saudi cities much closer to the border, including on Friday when a missile hit the south-west city of Khamis Mushait.
As well as firing on Saudi cities, the Houthis have begun targeting ships operating in the sea off the coast of Yemen, in the strategic waterway known as the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which acts as a strategic connection between the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, via the Red Sea and Suez Canal.