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OFAC revokes Yemen-related general licenses and designations

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On February 16, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) revoked and archived five counter terrorism-related general licenses (GL) related to the Ansarallah designations after the U.S. Department of State determined that Ansarallah would “no longer be[] blocked pursuant to the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 594, the Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 597, or Executive Order 13224, as amended.” Specifically, OFAC revoked GL 9, “Official Business of the United States Government,” GL 10, “Official Activities of Certain International Organizations,” GL 11, “Certain Transactions in Support of Nongovernmental Organizations’ Activities in Yemen,” GL 12, “Transactions Related to the Exportation or Reexportation of Agricultural Commodities, Medicine, Medical Devices, Replacement Parts and Components or Software Updates,” and GL 13,“Authorizing Transactions Involving Ansarallah.” Additionally, OFAC removed frequently asked questions 875, 876, and 877 from its website and made deletions to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list.

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