The US sanctioned an international network that finances the Houthis.

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source: aljazeera.com

Various people have imposed the sanctions, including Said Ahmad Muhammad al Jamal, who controls an Iranian oil smuggling ring in the Middle East.

The United States imposed sanctions on Thursday against individuals and entities involved in an international network that provides funds "worth tens of millions of dollars" to Yemen's Houthi rebels "in cooperation" with senior officials of the Iranian Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard of Iran and has insisted on the rebels to accept a ceasefire.

The sanctions have been imposed by several people, including Said Ahmad Muhammad al Jamal, who controls an Iranian oil smuggling ring in and around the Middle East whose proceeds are used to support the Houthis, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

A total of eleven people, companies, and vessels who "play a key role in this illicit network" have been sanctioned, including Hani Abd al-Majid Muhamad Asad, a Yemeni accountant who has facilitated transfers to the Houthis, and Jami Ali Muhamad, associated with the rebels and the Iranian Quds Forces who helped Al Jamal buy boats and facilitate fuel shipments, as well as transfer funds into Houthi benefits.

"The United States is working to help resolve the conflict in Yemen and provide lasting humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people," added Blinken, to stress that the ongoing offensive of the Houthis in Marib "goes directly against those objectives" This represents a "threat" to the already dire humanitarian situation in Yemen and may trigger an increase in fighting in the country.

Thus, it has stressed that "it is time for the Houthis to accept a ceasefire and for all parties to resume political talks." "Only a general and national ceasefire can provide the urgent relief that Yemenis need, and only a peace agreement can solve the humanitarian crisis in Yemen," he reiterated.

He has also expressed that the United States will "continue to pressure" the Houthis, including through specific sanctions, to promote those objectives.

In addition, the Treasury Department and the State Department have lifted sanctions against three former Iranian government officials and two companies previously involved in the purchase, acquisition, sale, transportation or marketing of Iranian petrochemical products, "as a result of a verified change of status or behavior on the part of the sanctioned parties," has indicated Blinken.

"These actions demonstrate our commitment to lifting sanctions in the event of a change in status or behavior," he declared.