The United States is today designating 13 individuals and entities responsible for providing funds generated from the sale and shipment of Iranian commodities to the Houthis in Yemen through a complex network of exchange houses and companies in multiple jurisdictions.
The Iranian regime’s support to the Houthis has enabled unprovoked attacks on civilian infrastructure in Israel and on commercial shipping in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Attacks launched from Houthi-controlled areas have also threatened U.S. warships operating in international waters. Such attacks disrupt maritime security and impede freedom of navigation for commercial vessels, increase regional instability, and risk broadening the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
The Department of the Treasury actions were taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended, which targets terrorists, terrorist organizations, leaders and officials of terrorist groups, and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. For more information on these designations, see Treasury’s press release.