Yemen’s Houthis Fire Missile at Saudi Base After Funeral Home Attack

US Says Houthis 'May Have' Fired at Destroyer Off Shore

by Jason Ditz, October 10, 2016

In a move seen as a retaliatory strike after Saudi Arabian warplanes attacked a funeral home in the capital city of Sanaa, Yemen’s Shi’ite Houthis reportedly fired a ballistic missile at a Saudi military base in central Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government claimed the missile was intercepted.

A second missile was also claimed fired at a base for Saudi-led forces in Yemen’s Maarib Province, though there was no word on what came of this attack, and officials did not suggest any casualties from the incident.

A more speculative incident came out of the Pentagon, as US officials claimed a pair of missiles landed sort of near the USS Mason, off the coast of Yemen. They conceded they had no clue if the missiles were meant to have been fired at the US guided missile destroyer, but they didn’t hit anything or do any damage.

The Houthis denied firing at any US ships, and claimed the entire report was a fabrication designed to distract from the funeral home strike, which was the deadliest single incident of the entire war, killing at least 155 people, including the mayor of Sanaa, and wounding well over 500 others.

The US has participated in the Saudi war against Yemen, with ongoing refueling operations for Saudi bombers and intermittent participation in the naval blockade. Between this and substantial US arms sales to the Saudis, it might’ve been plausible that US forces in the waters off of Yemen might be seen as a military target, though in this situation that does not appear to have been the case.

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