Sa’id Ahmad Muhammad al-Jamal

Sa’id Ahmad Muhammad al-Jamal is a U.S.-designated, Iran-based financier.“Treasury Sanctions Network Financing Houthi Aggression and Instability in Yemen,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, June 10, 2021, https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy0221. Al-Jamal heads a network of front companies and vessels that generate millions of dollars in revenue to the Houthis in Yemen. The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated al-Jamal as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist on June 10, 2021, for his role in funding the destabilizing activities of the Houthis in both Yemen and Saudi Arabia.“Treasury Sanctions Network Financing Houthi Aggression and Instability in Yemen,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, June 10, 2021, https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy0221.

On June 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on al-Jamal and 11 other individuals and entities who comprise a smuggling network responsible for providing tens of millions of dollars of funds to the Houthis. The individuals and entities—who allegedly who allegedly are in cooperation with senior officials of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps- Quds Force (IRGC-QF)—sell commodities, such as Iranian petroleum, throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. According to the Treasury Department, al-Jamal also maintains connections to Hezbollah as he works with the group to send millions of dollars to support the Houthis and their operations.Aziz Yaakoubi, “U.S. sanctions Houthi military leaders as peace efforts stall,” Reuters, May 20, 2021, https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/us-imposes-sanctions-two-houthi-military-leaders-2021-05-20/.

The seven designated individuals assisted al-Jamal in a variety of capacities including setting up bank accounts, procuring vessels, coordinating shipments of Iranian fuel, and facilitating transfers of funds to both the Houthis in Yemen and Hezbollah in Syria. The revenue from those sales have further supplemented the Houthis and their ongoing offensive on Yemeni soil.“Treasury Sanctions Network Financing Houthi Aggression and Instability in Yemen,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, June 10, 2021, https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy0221.As of December 2020, Yemen’s War has led to the death of over 233,000 Yemeni citizens and remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.“UN humanitarian office puts Yemen war dead at 233,000, mostly from ‘indirect causes’,” United Nations, December 1, 2020, https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/12/1078972.

United States

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Sa’id Ahmad Muhammad al-Jamal as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) on June 10, 2021.“Treasury Sanctions Network Financing Houthi Aggression and Instability in Yemen,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, June 10, 2021, https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy0221.

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