Saudi Arabia says it shoots down Yemen ballistic missile

The type of missiles fired at the Mason is still being assessed but Davis characterized the missiles as "a shore-launched cruise missile". Both missiles fell harmlessly into the water.

Two missiles fired failed to hit the US Navy ship after being launched on Sunday, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told Reuters news agency.

The US has participated in the Saudi war against Yemen, with ongoing refueling operations for Saudi bombers and intermittent participation in the naval blockade.

While still to be corroborated, the attack is suspected to be the handiwork of rebels.

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The tensions in the region have risen sharply since Saturday, however, when an air raid killed at least 140 people at a funeral of a Houthi leader.

Additionally, the incident happened merely a week after an attack on an Emirati civilian ship. The targeted vessel was merely ferrying aid, but was still attacked in the Bab al-Mandab strait, added the Saudi government.

The Saudis took the occasion of a funeral in Sana, the Yemeni capital, of a patriarch of a large, prominent family to carry out a three-wave bombing attack on the hall where the ceremony was being held.

Davis said it was unclear if the missiles fired at the US destroyer were part of the weapons the Houthis had seized from the previous government or new weapons supplied by Iran. At the time of the incident, it was in worldwide waters, north of the Bab al-Mandeb Strait.

The route is among the world's busiest and used by major shipping groups such as container line Maersk and oil tanker carriers including Norway's Frontline and Iran's NITC, which has benefited this year from the lifting of global sanctions on Tehran. A large number of oil tankers frequently rely on the sea route that passes through the Suez Canal to head towards Europe.

After initially denying responsibility, the coalition said Sunday it was ready to investigate the "regrettable and painful" strike, while United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon demanded a "prompt and impartial" probe.

Riyadh has denied responsibility for Saturday's air strike.

The U.S. provides intelligence and logistical support to the coalition, including refueling aircraft.

An estimated 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen's war.

A day later, thousands marched through the streets of Sanaa to protest against the air strike - one of the deadliest single attacks in the civil war.



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