The US military has delivered a series of cruise missile strikes in Yemen, the Pentagon announced on October 13. The strikes destroyed three “radar sites” in the area of Yemen controlled by the Houthi-Saleh alliance.
The US Navy destroyer USS Nitze launched the Tomahawk cruise missiles around 4 a.m. local time, Reuters reported citing own military sources.
According to a Pentagon spokesperson, Peter Cook, the strikes were made in a response to the recent missile attacks threatening the US guided-missile destroyer USS Mason and other US vessels operating in the Red Sea. The strikes were authorized by President Barack Obama. It was Washington’s first direct military action against tergets belonging to the Houthi-Saleh alliance.
“These limited self-defense strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships, and our freedom of navigation in this important maritime passageway. The United States will respond to any further threat to our ships and commercial traffic, as appropriate, and will continue to maintain our freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, the Bab al-Mandeb, and elsewhere around the world,” Cook said.
The first missile attack against Mason and the amphibious warship Ponce took place on October 9. On October 12, Mason allegedly came under another missile attack, according to US media. Nonetheless, the Houthi movement has denied that it was responsible for the attacks on US warships.
In any case, the US used the missile attacks on its warships in the Red Sea to increase the support of Saudi Arabia and its coalition involved into the Yemen war. The precedents were especially needed amid the fact that the Saudi-led coalition carries out deadly air strikes on civilian objects across Yemen.