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Red Cross: US adding Yemen’s Houthis to terrorist list will have ‘chilling effect’ on humanitarian aid

RT | January 14, 2021

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said it is worried that the US designating Yemen’s Houthi rebels as a terrorist group will severely hurt much-needed humanitarian aid to the war-torn country.

“In particular, the ICRC is concerned about the possible ‘chilling effect’ the designation may have on humanitarian action, leading to it being impeded or delayed,” the agency’s director of operations, Dominik Stillhart, said in a statement.

“Increased operational risks and possible de-risking from the banking and private sectors in response to the designation ultimately may constrain the humanitarian response in Yemen.”

Stillhart urged the US government to consider “humanitarian carve-outs” from their designation in order to mitigate any negative impact on the “affected population.”

On January 10, the US added the Houthis, the Iranian-backed rebel force which seized Yemen’s capital, Sanaa in 2014, to its list of foreign terrorist organizations. Three Houthi leaders were also separately designated as global terrorists.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the move is intended to hold the Houthi movement accountable for “its terrorist acts, including cross-border attacks threatening civilian populations, infrastructure, and commercial shipping.”

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Gulf states launched an intervention against the Houthis in 2015, carrying out a devastating aerial bombing campaign. The Houthis responded by launching missiles into Saudi Arabia.

Three ICRC workers were among the dozens killed in an ambush on Aden International Airport on December 30, as the newly-formed cabinet for the government-controlled parts of the country landed back in Yemen from Riyadh. The Houthis have been blamed for the attack, but denied responsibility.

In early December, the UN reported that at least 233,000 people have perished during the five years of war, including 131,000 who died from the lack of food, health services, and infrastructure. The UN’s humanitarian office in Yemen projected that 24.3 million people there will need some form of humanitarian aid this year.

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3 Comments »

  1. According to the “Military Industrial Complex”, there are terrorists all over the World, and they should know, because the MIC has been killing people all over the World since WWII…..(and, financing them as well). Where do the American People think that the TRILLIONS of Dollars that the Pentagon has unaccountably LOST, have gone to??

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | January 15, 2021 | Reply

  2. ‘US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the move is intended to hold the Houthi movement accountable for “its terrorist acts, including cross-border attacks threatening civilian populations, infrastructure, and commercial shipping.”’ Phucking Phat Pompeo: this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Just why doesn’t KSA, and its US enabler, fit in the box of ‘..cross-border attacks threatening civilian populations, infrastructure, and commercial shipping.”’ … Hypocrisy unbridled….

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    Comment by roberthstiver | January 16, 2021 | Reply

    • Mike “We lied, we cheated, we stole” Pompeo. How does a swine like Pompeo, get to be one of the highest ranking members of the USA Government?, without the Government investigating him? Oh, I see, being a criminal is a requirement for the job……..

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | January 16, 2021 | Reply


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