Iran-backed insurgents in Yemen on Monday refuted the US move to designate it as a terrorist organization in the last few days of the Trump administration, and a leading aid agency warned that the appointment would give the war-torn poverty The country brought another “destructive blow.”
The swearing-in of the former president-elect Biden is January 20. It is not clear whether Biden will overturn the designation of the decision plan. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompei announced Sunday night as the day that will take effect.
Yemen is plunged into a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. As a result of six years of civil war, thousands of people are on the brink of famine.
Pompeo said he is working on appointing the insurgent Houthis and appointing terrorists to three senior leaders of the rebellion. At the same time, he pledged that the United States will help absorb the influence of aid groups and allow humanitarian aid to continue to flow into Yemen.
Several hours later, several senior rebel figures attacked Pompeo’s announcement.
Mohammed Ali al-Houthi tweeted: “We are not afraid.” “The United States is the root of terrorism. It is directly involved in the famine that killed the people of Yemen.”
Others said that after the deadly riots in the Capitol and efforts to impeach President Donald Trump, the appointment was made to divert attention from the political crisis in the United States. Abdel-Rahman al-Ahnoumi, a media officer at Husseis, tweeted: “We are honored to be terrorists and the world’s gangster.”
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In Iran, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh condemned the appointment as an “on the brink of failure” at the end of the Trump administration. He said that the United States will eventually have to negotiate with the legitimate representatives of Yemen (that is, the Houthis) to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.
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Yemen’s internationally recognized government described the Houthis as “terrorist militias” and called in a statement issued by its Ministry of Foreign Affairs to “continue to escalate and intensify the political and legal pressure on the Houthis to pave the way for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. “
Yemen is located at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula and is the site of the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. The war has killed more than 112,000 people and most of the country’s nearly 30 million people need humanitarian assistance.war
The conflict started in 2014 when the Houthis occupied the north and the capital Sana’a. The following year, the Saudi-led coalition intervened in the war against the Houthis in an attempt to restore the government of the internationally recognized President Abed Rabe Mansour Hadi.
In early January, the Hadi government accused the rebels of firing ballistic missiles aimed at civil warplanes at cabinet members after landing in the southern port city of Aden, killing more than 25 people. The Hussi denied that they were behind the strike.
After the attack, Yemen’s Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed told The Associated Press that the rebels need to “be aware that if they continue to carry out these criminal and terrorist activities, there will be no path to peace.”
At the time, Abdul Malik said that the designation of terrorists would be a “very important step” and would “help establish peace in Yemen.”
The past few rounds of peace talks and ceasefire agreements have been faltering, and aid agencies operating mainly in Houthi-controlled areas fear that anyone targeting the rebel groups will affect the entire population.
The Norwegian Refugee Council, one of the main humanitarian agencies active in the country, said on Monday that Pompeo’s planned sanctions “will limit the ability of aid agencies to respond to the humanitarian needs of millions of Yemen.”
The head of the organization in Yemen, Mohamed Abdi, said: “Yemen’s faltering economy will be further devastating.” “The delivery of food and medicine to Yemen, a country that relies on imports for 80% will also change. More difficult.”
Relief organizations have long warned that the sanctions could prove to be disastrous because the Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels has helped Yemeni civilians in conflict between the troubled Al-Husei and the Yemeni government. hungry.
Pompeo said in the statement that the United States recognizes that this appointment may affect the humanitarian situation and will take action to stop it.
He said: “We are planning to take measures to reduce its impact on certain humanitarian activities and Yemen’s imports.” He said that these measures will include the US Treasury Department issuing special permits so that US aid can continue to flow to Yemen. And enable humanitarian organizations to continue working in Yemen.
In addition, following reports of theft and looting of aid supplies, the United States has suspended its donations of millions of dollars to Houthi-controlled areas. United Nations agencies have long complained about the theft and redistribution of food aid by insurgents.