The US is imposing sanctions on 13 people and entities allegedly involved in efforts to funnel funds to the Iran-backed group.

The United States has announced sanctions against an Iranian-backed network that allegedly provided money to Yemen’s Houthi rebel group through Iranian raw material sales.

In a statement Thursday, the U.S. Treasury Department said it had named 13 people and entities allegedly involved in efforts to funnel tens of millions of dollars to the Houthis.

“The Houthis continue to receive funding and support from Iran, and the result is not surprising: unprovoked attacks on civilian infrastructure and commercial shipping, disrupting maritime security and threatening international commercial commerce,” said Brian Nelson, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Treasury Department , in a statement.

The announcement comes as the Houthis, an Iran-backed group that has expanded its influence in Yemen during a protracted civil war, have carried out a series of attacks on commercial vessels in the region and launched missile and drone attacks on Israel.

The Houthis said these attacks were in response to Israel’s assault on Gaza, where it is fighting the Palestinian armed group Hamas.

The Treasury statement said the network is supported by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a branch of the Iranian armed forces that conducts clandestine activities, and a number of exchange firms in countries including Yemen, Turkey and St. Kitts and Nevis.

The ministry says Sa’id al-Jamal, previously sanctioned for alleged activities as a Houthi and Iranian financial intermediary, is using the network of exchange firms to funnel funds to the Houthis. Moneylenders in Lebanon and Dubai are also listed.

“Treasury will continue to disrupt the financial intermediation and procurement networks that enable these destabilizing activities,” the statement said.

Source : www.aljazeera.com

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