Washington, Oct 20 (IANS): A US Navy warship has intercepted missiles and drones launched from Yemen by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, officials confirmed.
A Pentagon spokesman said the missiles had been launched "potentially towards targets in Israel", the BBC reported.
The USS Carney, a guided-missile destroyer, was operating in the northern Red Sea on Thursday.
The Pentagon also said US troops in Iraq and Syria had been attacked several times in recent days, adding that Washington is on alert for activity by Iran-backed groups as Israel continues to attack Hamas targets in Gaza.
The Pentagon's Brigadier General Patrick Ryder said three land attack cruise missiles and several drones fired from Yemen had been downed, the BBC reported.
There were no injuries reported from the incident and a US official said the warship did not appear to be the target.
"We cannot say for certain what these missiles and drones were targeting, but they were launched from Yemen, heading north along the Red Sea, potentially towards targets in Israel," he told reporters.
Brig Ryder added that information about the nature of the activity was "still being processed" and the attack may "be ongoing".
"Our defensive response was one that we would have taken for any similar threat in the region where we're able to do so against our interest personnel and our partners," he said.
In Iraq, drones and rockets have been launched at several bases housing US and other international forces, the Pentagon said.
One of the attacks caused injuries to "a small number of troops", the BBC reported.
Iraqi militant groups had warned the US against supporting Israeli actions against Hamas in Gaza.