WASHINGTON-Four US officials with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo designated the Houthi rebels in Yemen as a foreign terrorist organization. This is his last resort to taking revenge against Saudi Arabia and may exacerbate Saudi Arabia. Arab rebellion. Famine in one of the poorest countries in the world.
It is not yet clear how the terrorist designation will restrain the Hout insurgents, who have fought the Saudi-backed government in Yemen for nearly six years, but some analysts say this poses no direct threat to the United States.
A State Department spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday night, while the US official who confirmed the appointment spoke on condition of anonymity because the news has not yet been released. According to Reuters, the announcement is about to be announced.
Husseis is included in the Ministry of Defense’s list of foreign terrorist organizations, which means that combatants in a relatively dispersed movement will be cut off from financial support and other material resources provided by US banks or other US institutions.
However, the main supporter of Houthis is Iran. Despite being dragged down by severe economic sanctions by the United States, Iran continues to provide support, which makes the impact of this appointment on the rebels more symbolic rather than hot.
However, for other countries in Yemen, this title will undoubtedly worsen the disaster.
Experts say it will redouble its efforts to donate food and medicine to humanitarian efforts to donate food and medicine to the Hout-controlled areas of northern and western Yemen, because most of the country’s 30 million people live in the area because they fear that the aid will be rebelled. The army seized and used it to make huge profits. Can be traced back to aid organizations. The insurgents also control parts of the capital Sana’a and the strategic port city of Ceutada, where much of the world’s humanitarian aid is offloaded.
The United Nations estimates that about 80% of Yemen’s population depends on food aid, and almost half of all children are stunted due to malnutrition. On November 20, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that Yemen “is now facing the world’s worst famine in decades.”
Guterres said: “I urge all influential people to take urgent action on these issues to avoid disasters, and I also ask everyone to avoid any action that may worsen the already severe situation.” Otherwise, we will not only face the danger of life tragedy, but the consequences will echo into the future indefinitely.”
Some Houthi leaders have been singled out to accept US sanctions related to terrorism. The Trump administration has been considering a broader name for the entire movement for years.
Mr. Pompeo is now releasing the document in the last few days of the government, which shows his determination to keep his pressure campaign on Iran as long as possible.
The United States accuses the Houthi rebels of being Iran’s spokesperson, trying to destabilize neighboring Saudi Arabia by launching missiles over its borders and attacking its oil fields. But according to Husseis, the large-scale attacks on Saudi Aramco’s two state-owned oil facilities in September 2019 appear to be more complicated than previous strikes by the rebels.
This shows that although Tehran denies Iran, as the Trump administration asserts, Iran is directly involved.
Ariane Tabatabai, a Middle East researcher at the German Marshall Fund, a public policy think tank, said in a press release: “The Trump administration could have taken advantage of the cooperation with Saudi Arabia in the past four years. Relationship to further resolve the conflict.” The recent visit is expected to be specified. “Instead, the government chose to cut the Saudi leader’s check.”
She predicted that the designation of terrorism is a strategy to force the president-elect Biden’s management to remain part of a tough line against Iran-or with dangerous political consequences,” to domestic criticism and regional partners to explain why it lifted sanctions .”
The Trump administration firmly supports the actions of Yemen, Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Yemen War. Although Congress indiscriminately bombed and killed civilians and other military atrocities, this intelligence and billions of dollars in weapons were all met by Congress. Against, but may constitute a war crime.
In October, the insurgents released two American hostages and one-third of the hostages in a captive exchange, which also brought about 240 Hoses back to Yemen from Oman. The released Houthis included fighter jets captured by the Saudi-led coalition forces and officials who went to Oman for international peace negotiations and were barred from returning home.
In addition to the imminent famine, the appointment of terrorists could also cover the fate of a giant rusty oil tanker anchored on the west coast of Yemen.
Compared with floating bombs, part of the reason is that the decaying FSO Safeer ship is not far from Hudaydah port due to the possibility of flammable gas in its tank. If it exploded or just collapsed, it could dump more than 1.1 million barrels of oil into the Red Sea, destroying its ecosystem, and its leakage was four times the amount of the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989.
Ian M. Ralby, chief executive officer of IR Consilium, a maritime security organization, said that there are about six Hushi on the ship, as well as a small number of state-owned companies that own and obtain The title government supports engineer consultation. The designation of terrorists may prevent UN negotiators from cooperating with the Houthis as soon as possible to repair ships or defuse the danger they pose.
Ralby said: “If we don’t want Yemen to lose an entire generation, we must give up this title.”
Huang Yi Contribution report.