The United States plans to designate Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels as a international terrorist group, secretary of state Mike Pompeo stated on Sunday.
The determination to blacklist the group comes because the administration of president-elect Joe Biden prepares to take over from the Trump administration on January 20.
Aid teams fear the move might threaten peace talks and complicate efforts to fight the world’s largest humanitarian disaster.
“The Department of State will notify Congress of my intent to designate Ansar Allah, sometimes referred to as the Houthis, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization,” Pompeo stated, and added: “I also intend to designate three of Ansar Allah’s leaders, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, Abd al-Khaliq Badr al-Din al-Houthi, and Abdullah Yahya al Hakim, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists”.
Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest nation, has been torn by battle since 2014, when Houthi rebels seized the capital and ousted the federal government of president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Fatal illnesses are frequent within the nation due to poverty. The warfare has killed greater than 100,000 folks and left thousands and thousands affected by meals and medical shortages. The battle is broadly seen within the area as a proxy warfare between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Pompeo stated the US deliberate to place in place measures to cut back the affect of the step on humanitarian exercise and imports into Yemen, the place 80% of the inhabitants wants assist.
The international ministry of Yemen’s Saudi-backed authorities supported the designation and referred to as for additional “political and legal pressure” on the Houthis.