New Sanctions Set to Target Houthi Leaders in US and UK

Britain and the United States have imposed sanctions on four senior Houthi officials for their involvement in supporting or directing attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea.

These attacks by the Houthi have disrupted global shipping and raised concerns about global inflation while also deepening fears that the Israel-Hamas war fallout could destabilize the Middle East.

The individuals sanctioned include Houthi Defence Minister Mohamed Nasser al-Atifi, Commander of Houthi Naval Forces Muhammad Fadl Abd Al-Nabi, coastal Defense Forces chief Muhammad Ali al-Qadiri, and Muhammed Ahmad al-Talibi, who is described as the Houthi Forces director of procurement.

International peace and security threat

According to the US Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Brian Nelson, “The Houthis’ persistent terrorist attacks on merchant vessels and their civilian crews pose a threat to international supply chains and the freedom of navigation, which is crucial to global security, stability, and prosperity.”

Nelson added, “Today‚Äôs joint action with the United Kingdom demonstrates our collective effort to utilize all authorities to stop these attacks.”

Armed Houthi followers hold RPG launchers as they take part in a parade during a protest to decry the U.S.-led strikes on Houthi targets and to show support to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, near Sanaa, Yemen Januar (credit: REUTERS/KHALED ABDULLAH)

Britain stated that the four men were engaged in acts that “threaten the peace, security and stability of Yemen.”

The US sanctions entail freezing any US-based assets of the targeted individuals and generally prohibit Americans from engaging in transactions with them.

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Earlier this week, US and British forces conducted a new round of strikes in Yemen, targeting a Houthi underground storage site as well as missile and surveillance capabilities used by the Iran-aligned group against Red Sea shipping.