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Yemen Rebels Again Fire 2 Missiles at USS Mason: Official

U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason passes through the Suez Canal in March 2011; two missiles fired from rebel-held territory in Yemen landed near it on Oct. 10. (AP photo)
U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason passes through the Suez Canal in March 2011; two missiles fired from rebel-held territory in Yemen landed near it on Oct. 10. (AP photo)

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. military official says that for the second time this week two missiles were fired at a Navy ship in the Red Sea. Officials believe they were launched by the same Yemen-based Houthi ᅡᅠrebels.

The official says the missiles were fired Wednesday at the USS Mason. The ship used countermeasures, but neither missile got near the ship and there were no injuries.

The official says the missiles were fired from the Yemen coast, which is near the location used Sunday when two missiles were fired at the USS Mason and the USS Ponce. The official was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly, so spoke on condition of anonymity.

U.S. officials have said the U.S. is weighing what military response it should take against the rebels.

Speaking at a National Press Club event in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus remained tight-lipped about how the service planned to respond to these apparent acts of aggression. "The Mason was fired upon. The ship took, I'll put it this way, the appropriate defensive measures," he said. "We're still looking into exactly who's responsible, although it came from the Houthi-controlled region.

Mabus also repeated the Tuesday comments of Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the Pentagon: "People who attempt to attack a Navy ship do so at their peril."

Military.com's Hope Hodge Seck contributed to this report

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