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Houthis say they busted an Israeli-US “spy network”

Yemen’s Houthis said on Monday (10) that they had arrested an “American-Israeli spy network”, just days after the group detained around 11 United Nations employees in the country.

According to a televised statement by Abdel Hakim Al Khaiwani, the Houthis’ intelligence chief, the alleged network included former employees of the United States embassy in Yemen and collected information related to security, military, economic and political aspects of the country.

Israeli government officials had no immediate comment and the UN declined to comment on the allegations.

The US State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the agency is working to secure the release of its 11 detained employees who work for five different agencies and the United Nations envoy for Yemen.

The Houthis, a group supported by Iran, attacked shipping in the Red Sea, in what they consider to be acts of solidarity with the Palestinians at war in Gaza. The offensives attracted airstrikes from the United States and the United Kingdom.

The Islamist group has detained around 20 Yemeni employees of the US embassy in the capital Sanaa over the past three years. The embassy suspended operations in 2014.

Source: CNN Brasil

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