The Houthi group in Yemen has claimed a missile attack targeting the “American military cargo ship” M/V Ocean Jazz in the Gulf of Aden.

The armed group, which controls much of Yemen, did not say when or precisely where the attack took place, or if any damage was caused.

“The Yemeni Armed Forces affirm that retaliation against American and British attacks is inevitable, and any new aggression will not go unpunished,” the Houthis said earlier in a statement.

The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command denied Houthi reports of the successful attack and said it is in constant communication with the vessel.

The US Navy called the claim of the spokesperson of the Yemeni Armed Forces, Yahya Sare’e, that is “patently false.”

“The Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists’ report of an alleged successful attack on M/V Ocean Jazz is patently false.”

As it is reported, “NAVCENT has maintained constant communications with M/V Ocean Jazz throughout its safe transit,” the US Navy said in post in X.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Central Command forces on Monday alongside UK Armed Forces, and with the support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands, conducted strikes on 8 Houthi targets in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.

These strikes from this multilateral coalition targeted areas in Houthi-controlled Yemen used to attack international merchant vessels and U.S. Navy ships in the region, as US Navy claims.

“The targets included missile systems and launchers, air defense systems, radars, and deeply buried weapons storage facilities.”