US denies Houthi reports of fresh strikes in Yemen

US denies Houthi reports of fresh strikes in Yemen

HODEIDA (AFP) : The United States denied Houthi reports that it carried out new attacks Sunday on targets in Yemen.

Houthi media said US and British strikes had hit Hodeidah, but a US defense official speaking on condition of anonymity said, “No US or coalition strike occurred today.”

The Ansar Allah news website of the Houthi group had earlier said that “air strikes from the American-British aggression hit Hodeidah.”

The website cited a security source as saying the strikes hit the Jabal Jada area in Al-Luhaya district of Hodeidah governorate, on Yemen’s Red Sea coast.

US and British forces on Friday said they hit scores of Houthi targets across Yemen, heightening fears that Israel’s war with Palestinian Hamas militants could engulf the region.

The US and British strikes came in response to the Iran-backed Houthi militia’s attacks on Red Sea shipping vessels which they say are linked to Israel. The Houthis say they are acting in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, where Hamas militants have been battling Israel for more than three months.

Late Friday the US military said it had conducted a “follow-on” strike against a Houthi radar site, following the initial barrage early Friday against Houthi military facilities.