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US imposes sanctions against Houthis for attacks on ships in Red Sea

US imposes sanctions against Houthis for attacks on ships in Red Sea

The United States has imposed sanctions on key Yemeni Houthi figures for their support of terrorist acts targeting merchant shipping in the Red Sea, according to the US Treasury Department.

In particular, the measures are aimed at four individuals who supported recent Houthi attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, including the hostage-taking of civilian crews.

"Continuous terrorist attacks by the Houthis on commercial vessels and their civilian crews that pass legally through the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden threaten to disrupt international supply chains and freedom of navigation, which is critical to global security, stability and prosperity," the deputy finance minister said. US Counterterrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson.

US and allied strikes on Houthi bases

On the night of January 12, the United States and Britain launched joint strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen. Aircraft and ships were involved in the operation. Weapons storage centers and training bases of the Houthis were targeted.

In addition, Germany will send the Hessen frigate to the Red Sea as part of the EU mission against the Houthis. Belgium will also provide a frigate to participate in the European defense operation in the Red Sea.

We previously wrote about who the Houthis are and why they attack ships in the Red Sea.