Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

US sanctions Houthi commanders in Yemen for ‘worsening humanitarian crisis’

Middle East Eye

The Biden administration imposed sanctions on two Houthi commanders on Tuesday, accusing the Yemeni rebels of prolonging the conflict and carrying attacks against civilians and neighbouring countries “to advance the Iranian regime’s destabilizing agenda”.

The US Treasury Department announced the sanctions against Mansur al-Saadi, the Houthi naval forces chief of staff, and Ahmad Ali Ahsan al-Hamzi, commander of the Yemeni air force and air defence forces, on Tuesday.

The measures, which come weeks after the new US administration removed the Houthis from the US list of foreign terrorist organisations, would freeze the Houthi officials’ assets and bar US citizens from doing business with them.

The US administration had said that it reversed the blacklisting of the Houthis to ease the delivery of humanitarian aid into areas under their control, but it continued to condemn the rebels and cautioned them to cease their ongoing offensive on the city of Marib.

Both the Treasury and State departments released statements on the sanctions that heavily referenced and criticised Iran for its involvement in the conflict.

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