The United Nations Security Council has blacklisted three Houthi rebels linked to a cross-border offensive from Yemen to Saudi Arabia and fighting in the last government stronghold in the north of the country.
In a statement on Wednesday, the UK said it was proposing sanctions because the Iranian-backed Houthi group’s attacks on Saudi Arabia killed and injured civilians.
Meanwhile, the Houthi group’s abuses in the central desert town of Marib have sought to cut off access to humanitarian aid and include the use of child soldiers.
The three rebels added to the UN sanctions blacklist are Houthi Chief of Staff Muhammad Abd Al-Karim Al-Ghamari, Deputy Defense Minister Saleh Mesfer Saleh Al Shaer and Yusuf Al-Madani, a prominent leader of the Houthi forces.
According to the UN list, “Al-Ghamari has played a major role in orchestrating Houthi military efforts which directly threaten the peace, security and stability of Yemen, including in Marib, as well as cross-border attacks against Saudi Arabia “.
“Al Shaer, who is in charge of logistics, helped the Houthis procure weapons and contraband weapons. And as a judicial guard, he was directly involved in the widespread and illegal seizure of assets and entities belonging to individuals held by the Houthis or forced to flee outside Yemen, “the UN said. .
Meanwhile, Al-Madani is the commander of forces in Hodeida, Hajjah, Al Mahwit and Raymah that are involved in activities that threaten the peace, security and stability of Yemen.
UN sanctions ordered all countries to immediately freeze the assets of the three Houthis and impose travel bans on them.
They bring the number of Yemenis under UN sanctions to nine, including Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, leader of the Houthi movement and former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is believed to have died in December 2017.
Yemen has been in the throes of civil war since 2014, when Iranian-backed Houthi rebels took control of the capital Sana’a and much of the country’s north, forcing the internationally recognized government to flee south. , then to Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi-led coalition went to war in March 2015, backed by the United States, in an attempt to restore President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi to power.
Despite the relentless air campaign and fighting on the ground, the war has largely deteriorated to a stalemate and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The United States has since suspended its direct involvement in the conflict.
In early 2020, the Houthis launched an offensive in the largely government-owned Marib province that killed thousands of young people and left thousands of displaced civilians living in fear of violence and having to relocate again.
Iran-aligned rebel groups say they are fighting a corrupt system. (Aiw / Aljazeera / OL-09)