Trump Administration Plans To Designate Houthis As Terrorists Will Disrupt International Aid Efforts In Yemen, Agencies Warn

Foreign Policy: Trump Administration Plans to Designate Yemen’s Houthis as Terrorists
“The Trump administration is preparing to designate Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi insurgents a terrorist organization before leaving office in January, fueling fears the move will disrupt international aid efforts and upend United Nations-brokered peace efforts between the Shiite movement and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government, according to several diplomatic sources. The U.N. and international relief agencies have tried to dissuade the Trump administration from designating the Houthis a foreign terrorist organization, but the apparently imminent decision would give U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo another victory in his anti-Iran strategy as he visits Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates this week…” (Lynch et al., 11/16).

Al Jazeera discusses an Oxfam report showing G20 nations have sold $17 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since it intervened in Yemen in 2015, three times the amount of humanitarian aid provided to the war-torn nation.

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