US denies carrying out new strikes against Yemen’s Houthis

The United States denied Yemeni rebel reports that it carried out new attacks Sunday on rebel targets in Yemen.

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

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

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

A US defense official said that there were no US or coalition strikes conducted in Yemen on Sunday.

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

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