Of­fi­cials say US mis­siles de­stroy radar sites on Ye­men

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

U.S.-launched Tom­a­hawk cruise mis­siles de­stroyed three coastal radar sites in Houthi-con­trolled ter­ri­tory on Ye­men’s Red Sea Coast early Thurs­day, of­fi­cials said, a re­tal­ia­tory ac­tion that fol­lowed two incidents this week in which mis­siles were fired at U.S. Navy ships.

The strikes marked the first shots fired by the U.S. in anger against the Houthis in Ye­men’s long-run­ning civil war. The U.S. pre­vi­ously only pro­vided lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port and re­fu­el­ing to the Saudi-led coali­tion bat­tling Ye­men’s Shi­ite rebels known as Houthis and their al­lies, in­clud­ing sup­port­ers of Ye­men’s former pres­i­dent, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

While the U.S. mil­i­tary has been fo­cused on al-Qaida in Ye­men, the Houthis had not been a pri­mary tar­get of Amer­i­can forces un­til the mis­sile launches from Houthi-con­trolled ter­ri­tory this week.

No in­for­ma­tion on ca­su­al­ties from the U.S. mis­siles was pro­vided by Amer­i­can of­fi­cials.

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