Many in Yemen also blame USA for deadly funeral raid

Many in Yemen also blame USA for deadly funeral raid

The US Navy 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. "There were no injuries to our sailors and no damage to the ship", said Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.

An Arab coalition intercepted two missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi group at targets in Saudi Arabia and Yemen's Marib province on Sunday, Saudi Arabian official media reported. The ship was in the southern part of the Red Sea.

"We assess the missiles were launched from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen", he continued.

More than 6,700 people - nearly two-thirds of them civilians - have been killed and at least three million displaced since the coalition launched military operations in Yemen, according to the United Nations.

The Saturday attack on the funeral hall in Sanaa prompted tens of thousands of protesters to take to the streets of the Yemeni capital, with many upset at the inaction of the global community when it comes to the Saudi-led coalition's actions in Yemen. Taif is home to Saudi Arabia's King Fahd Air Base, which hosts US military personnel training the kingdom's armed forces.

USA officials said on Wednesday that they see growing indications that Houthi rebels were responsible for an attack on Sunday on a Navy destroyer off the Yemen coast.

In just the first 10 days of October, 369 civilians have been killed or injured, tripling the rate of September which recorded 379 casualties for the entire month, he said, adding that the latest incident could cause a further escalation.

The suspected attack on the USS Mason came a week after a UAE civilian vessel was attacked by the rebels and has raised concerns about a growing risk to ships in one of the world's most important waterways.

In a strongly-worded rebuke, the White House said it may consider cutting its support to the Saudi-led military campaign. The two missiles, fired in a span of 60 minutes, landed in the water short of the USS Mason, a USA military spokesman told Reuters.

United Nations envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed called on the Saudi-led coalition to publish the results of its investigation into the strikes.

Most notably, a rocket apparently targeted an air base in Taif, some 520 kilometers (325 miles) from the Yemeni border.

Ahmed Al-Jabr, a political analyst, said the facing growing pressure over its support for the war in Yemen. The U.N. and rights groups estimate the conflict has killed at least 9,000 people and displaced almost 3 million more.



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