Multiple cruise missiles have been fired at a US warship in the Red Sea – but there were no hits or casualties, a US admiral and officials have said.

A US defence official said the USS Mason was in international waters when multiple incoming surface-to-surface missiles from a Huthi rebel controlled region in Yemen were detected about 3.30pm local time.

The destroyer used unspecified counter-measures against the incoming missiles, the official added.

The missile launches are the third in a week to target the USS Mason and other US warships.

The US chief of naval operations, Admiral John Richardson, said: ‘The Mason once again appears to have come under attack in the Red Sea, again from coastal defence cruise missiles fired from the coast of Yemen.’

He confirmed there were no hits and no crew members were hurt.

Earlier this week, a US warship fired Tomahawk missiles into Yemen to destroy three radar sites which US military leaders believe played a role in the first two attacks.

The US official said additional radars could have been used to bring about the attack on Saturday night.

The Huthi rebels have denied conducting the attacks.

The missile strikes are the most serious escalation yet of America’s involvement in a civil war that has killed over 6,800 people, wounded more than 35,000 and displaced at least three million since a Saudi-led coalition launched military operations last year.

Officials have stressed that Washington wants to avoid getting embroiled in yet another war in an already volatile region.

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