US revokes Houthis terrorist designation citing famine

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    The action reverses an order issued by former President Donald Trump against the Yemen rebel group just before he leaves office on 20 January.

    In response to the country’s humanitarian crisis, the United States intends to revoke the terrorist designation for Yemen’s Houthi movement, one of the most critical last-minute decisions of the Trump administration.

    This was confirmed by a State Department official on Friday, a day after President Joe Biden announced America’s support for a Saudi-led military operation in Yemen, a proxy conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran in the wider Viewed as.

    “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.

    In a statement, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, welcomed the decision.

    “The designation … would have stopped food and other vital aid being provided inside Yemen and prevented effective political dialogue,” he said.

    A few days before his term in office ended on January 20, then-US President Donald Trump named the Houthis a “foreign terrorist organization” – effectively preventing US citizens and institutions from financially negotiating with the group. Was stopping

    The United Nations has described Yemen as the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, with 80 percent of its 24 million people in need, and has warned the Trump administration that the designation would leave millions in Yemen in a massive famine Will push.

    The State Department official has also insisted that the latest action has “nothing to do” with the Houthis’ US approach and their “malicious conduct”, further helping Saudi Arabia to defend its territory against such attacks Reiterated Washington’s commitment to.

    The Trump administration exempted aid groups, the United Nations, the Red Cross and the export of agricultural commodities, medicine and medical equipment from its designation, but UN officials and aid groups said carving-outs were not enough and called for a decision Gaya was canceled.

    Yemen’s civil war pits the internationally-recognized government against the Iranian-coalition Houthi movement.

    The United Nations estimates that 80 percent of Yemen’s 24 million people are needed due to a Saudi-led operation in the country [File: Ali Owidha/Reuters]

    The conflict has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people, including a large number of civilians and caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

    The Saudi-led coalition intervened on behalf of the government in March 2015 and supported the Trump administration, with the war increasingly seen as a pseudo-conflict between the US and Iran.

    But the rising civilian death toll and increasing humanitarian disaster met bipartisan demands to end US support for Riyadh.

    Human Rights Watch stated in its World Report 2021, published in January, that Yemen’s parties to armed conflict continue to violate the laws of war in 2020, including new war crimes.

    HRW reported that a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as the Houthi army, launched mortars, rockets and missiles into heavily populated areas.


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