The White House announces new sanctions on individuals involved in the procurement of arms to the Houthis

The White House has announced new sanctions against individuals and entities involved in the arms procurement network of Yemen's Houthi rebels, vowing to continue to "pursue those responsible for their actions."

The sanctions come after two Houthi naval attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden that the White House said had "nothing to do with the conflict in Gaza."

"The Houthis are causing unnecessary suffering throughout the region," said National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, who characterized their actions as pure terrorism. There's just no other word for it," he added.

Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who control much of Yemen's north and west, have been launching drones and missiles at ships in the Red Sea for months in what they say is an attempt to pressure Israel to end the war.

Despite retaliatory US-led airstrikes over the past two months, the Houthis have continued their campaign.


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