As per the information received from the 4 U.S. officials who are familiar with the matter, the Trump Organization has conclusively decided on designating Houthi rebels in Yemen as a foreign-based terrorist organization. Many senior U.S. officials and aid groups believe that this decision could worsen the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
The Washington Post received a statement in which Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State announced his intention to blacklist Houthi. He went on to say that his team is mulling on the addition of the 3 top officials of the organization into the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. This list would include their leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi.
One of the senior Department officials of the state said that this decision was based on the fact that this organization had been conducting or supporting terrorist activities like the 2019 missile attack on an airport in Saudi Arabia before another attack on an oil distribution station in Saudi Arabia in 2020 during the Covid pandemic.
By using the formal name of the Houthi group, Pompeo said that the designations are in place for holding Ansarallah responsible for the terrorist acts it has carried out. These include cross border attacks that have threatened commercial shipping, infrastructure, and civilian populations.
Foreign diplomats and humanitarian organizations are worried that this move could further complicate the peace talks brokered by the U.N. between the government-backed by Saudi Arabia in Yemen and the Houthi group. These two parties have been at war for approximately 6 years. The U.N. has labeled this conflict as the worst humanitarian crisis seen by the world.
The officials of the Trump administration have refused the allegations that their move is set to complicate the efforts of peace to be made by President-elect Joe Biden after he takes the oath as the President of the U.S.