The Houthis said that during the past hours, the Saudi-led coalition launched more than 65 air strikes in a number of Yemeni governorates, and warned of the consequences of this escalation, while Washington announced the imposition of sanctions on a Houthi military commander.
Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree said – in a statement today, Thursday – that this is a “large and powerful escalation”, and threatened that it would have “serious consequences for the forces of aggression that would bear its consequences,” as he put it.
The Saudi-led coalition announced at dawn on Thursday the implementation of a “widespread military operation” against Houthi sites in the governorates of Sanaa, Saada, Dhamar, Al-Jawf and Ma’rib.
On the other hand, the US Treasury announced today that it has imposed sanctions on Houthi military leader Saleh Misfir al-Shaer, who leads a Houthi-dominated military logistical support organization.
The ministry accused al-Shaer of “overseeing the Houthi confiscation of property in Yemen estimated at more than $100 million, using a variety of illegal methods, including extortion.”
And Andrea Jackie, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the US Treasury, said in a statement that Al-Shaer is “the main Houthi military responsible for looting assets from Yemeni citizens and directing the campaign of confiscation that perpetuates the ongoing conflict in Yemen.”