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Washington Sanctions 6 Entities, 3 Individuals Involved in Arming Houthis

Washington Sanctions 6 Entities, 3 Individuals Involved in Arming Houthis

The US has imposed new sanctions on three individuals and six entities that facilitated arms purchases for the Houthis in Yemen.

The sanctions targeted a ship involved in arms smuggling for the Iran-backed group, as well as companies based in China, the Sultanate of Oman and the UAE.

“We have imposed sanctions on three individuals and six entities that facilitated the purchase of weapons for the Houthis. In addition, we have designated one ship owned by one of the sanctioned entities as prohibited property,” said Matthew Miller, spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State.

Miller emphasized Washington’s commitment to “use available tools to impede the flow of military equipment into Yemen.”

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said in a statement that the sanctions targeted an individual based in China.

“Ali Abd-al-Wahhab Muhammad al-Wazir is a China-based Houthi affiliate who plays a key role in procuring materials that allow Houthi forces to manufacture advanced conventional weapons in Yemen,” the report said.

The statement also noted that al-Wazir uses his China-based company, Guangzhou Tasneem Trading Company Limited (Guangzhou Tasneem), to obtain and ship these items to Yemen.

Guangzhou Tasneem is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Tasneem Trading Company Limited.

The US Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on another individual, Muaadh Ahmed Mohammed al-Haifi, who heads the Oman-based International Smart Digital Interface Limited Liability Company (ISDI), which has cruise missile components, manufacturing equipment and other dual missiles purchased and facilitated. -use materials to Yemen.

According to the Treasury Department, al-Haifi’s activities had played a key role in the 2020 Houthi attacks on a Saudi Aramco facility in the region using a Quds-type land-attack cruise missile containing components that ISDI had engaged in an in PRC-based supplier.

The Treasury Department also imposed sanctions on the Cameroon-flagged OTARIA, which is managed by UAE-based Stellar Wave Marine LLC and led by Vyacheslav Salyga. It said the ship loaded raw materials from Houthi financier Said al-Jamal in late May 2024 for offloading in Singapore.

Brian E. Nelson, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said the sanctions are aimed at ending the Houthis’ continued, indiscriminate and reckless attacks on unarmed commercial vessels, made possible by their access to key components needed for ship production. of their missiles and UAVs.”