Joe Biden Reverses Designation Of Yemen’s Houthis As Terrorists

Washington – The government of President Joe Biden is working to revoke the designation of Yemen’s Houthis as a terrorist group on the grounds of the need to mitigate one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.

His predecessor, Donald Trump, had described the Houthis, who are backed by Iran, as a foreign terrorist organization, a measure that limited aid to the embattled Yemeni people, who have suffered the effects of civil war and famine for years. .

A State Department official confirmed the decision on Friday, after members of Congress were notified of the government’s plans.

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The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to discuss the matter in public, said the removal of the Houthis from the list does not change the Biden executive’s stance on the rebels, who have targeted civilians. and they kidnapped Americans.

“Our action is entirely due to the humanitarian consequences of this last-minute appointment by the previous government, which the United Nations and humanitarian organizations said at the time would accelerate the worst humanitarian crisis in the world,” said the official.

The decision comes a day after Biden announced the end of offensive support for Saudi Arabia’s campaign against the Houthis.

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