Washington, June 10 (MNN) The United States on Thursday sanctioned a dozen individuals, companies and vessels involved in an international network that allegedly provided funds to the Houthis in Yemen in cooperation with Iranian officials.
US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken said that the country has designated Sa’id Ahmad Muhammad al-Jamal and other individuals and entities that provided tens of millions of dollars to the Houthis in tandem with senior officials in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Quds Force (IRGC-QF).
“Those in al-Jamal’s network of front companies and intermediaries sold commodities, such as Iranian petroleum, throughout the Middle East and beyond and channelled a significant portion of the revenue to the Houthis in Yemen.
“We are designating al-Jamal pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended, for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, the IRGC-QF.”
The 11 other individuals, companies, and vessel sanctioned today play key roles in this illicit network, including Hani ‘Abd-al-Majid Muhammad As’ad, a Yemeni accountant who has facilitated financial transfers to the Houthis, and Jami’ ‘Ali Muhammad, a Houthi and IRGC-QF associate who helped al-Jamal procure vessels, facilitate shipments of fuel, and transfer funds for the benefit of the Houthis.
The Secretary said that the US was working to help resolve the conflict in Yemen and bring lasting humanitarian relief to the Yemeni people.
“The Houthis’ ongoing offensive on Marib runs directly counter to those goals, posing a threat to the already dire humanitarian situation in Yemen and potentially triggering increased fighting throughout Yemen. It is time for the Houthis to accept a ceasefire and for all parties to resume political talks. Only a comprehensive, nationwide ceasefire can bring the urgent relief needed by Yemenis, and only a peace agreement can resolve the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The US will continue to apply pressure to the Houthis, including through targeted sanctions, to advance those goals.”
Additionally, the US Departments of Treasury and State are lifting sanctions on three former Iran government officials, and two companies previously involved in the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of Iranian petrochemical products, as a result of a verified change in status or behaviour on the part of the sanctioned parties.