Administration says it took this step to reduce humanitarian disasters
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s administration is stepping up to revoke the designation of Yemen’s Houthis terrorist group, citing the need to reduce one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.
President Donald Trump’s administration branded the Iranian-backed Houthis as a foreign terrorist organization, a move that limited the provision of aid to the Yamini people who had suffered in the years-old civil war and famine.
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A senior state official confirmed the move on Friday after members of Congress were informed of the administration’s plans. Officially, who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, the removal did not change anything about the Houthis’ views of the Biden administration, which targeted civilians and abducted Americans.
“Our action is entirely due to the human consequences of this last-minute designation of the former administration, which has been clarified by the United Nations and humanitarian organizations that the world’s worst humanitarian crisis will be intensified,” the official said.
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The move comes a day after Biden announced an end to aggressive support for Saudi Arabia’s campaign against the Houthis.
In 2015, the Obama administration gave its approval to Saudi Arabia, leading to a cross-border air campaign targeting Yemen’s Houthi rebels, occupying ever greater territory, including Sana’a. Howthis has launched several drone and missile attacks in Saudi Arabia. The US says the Saudi-led campaign has complicated Iran’s role in the conflict in favor of the Houthis.
US targeting for command and control of Saudi Arabia was to reduce civilian casualties in Saudi-led airstrikes. But since then the bombing has killed many Yemeni civilians, including schoolchildren in a bus and fishermen in their boats. The bombs have been shown to be American-made by the survivors.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut praised the Biden administration’s move, saying, “The designation did not affect the Houthis in any practical way, but it did prevent food and other vital aid from being delivered inside Yemen and effective political dialogue.” Must have stopped