The United States on Wednesday morning slapped Yemen’s Ansar Allah, more commonly known as the Houthis, with the Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) label.

The sanctions arrived as the Houthis have continually attacked commercial shipping vessels in Red Sea waters and the area since mid-November, having then escalated their attacks despite repeated warnings and recent counterstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition.

“We are taking the action because of the Iranian-backed Houthis’ continued attacks on the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. These attacks are clear examples of terrorism in violation of international law and a major threat to global commerce,” a senior official in U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration said. “They jeopardize the delivery of humanitarian assistance.”

The official stated that an ultimate goal of the sanctions, which will go into effect in 30 days, would be “to de-escalate and bring about a positive change in behavior.”... Read More: i24