A U.S. Navy destroyer was targeted for the second time this week on Wednesday after one missile was fired from Yemen territory that is occupied by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, officials said.
Officials said that the missile was fired at the USS Mason in the Red Sea, north of the Bab al-Mandab Strait, but the missile missed its target. The ship used countermeasures and fired defensive salvos in response to the missile. The missile was fired around 6:00 pm local time.
This is the second incident in the past four days when Houthi rebels fired two missiles at the USS Mason and the USS Ponce operating in the Red Sea.
The Houthis denied involvement in the attempted strike against the U.S. destroyer on Sunday.
On Tuesday, the Pentagon hinted at making retaliatory strikes against the Houthi rebels.
Officials said that they are currently weighing what their response should be against the rebels.
U.S. officials believe that Iran is supplying the Houthi rebels with some of their heavy weaponry.