US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Sunday that Washington will designate Yemen’s Ansarullah revolutionary movement as a ‘terrorist group’.
“The designations are intended to hold Ansarullah accountable for its terrorist acts, including cross-border attacks threatening civilian populations, infrastructure and commercial shipping,” Pompeo said in a statement, referring to retaliatory attacks by Yemeni revolutionaries to Saudi-led aggression taking place against the Arab impoverished country since March 2015.
Pompeo claimed Ansarullah “has led a brutal campaign that has killed many people, continues to destabilize the region and denies Yemenis a peaceful solution to the conflict in their country.”
It “I also intend to designate three of Ansarullah leaders, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, Abd al-Khaliq Badr al-Din al-Houthi, and Abdullah Yahya al Hakim, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists”, he said in a statement.
Diplomats and aid groups in Yemen are concerned that Washington’s move could threaten the peace process between Sanaa and Saudi-backed opposition groups, as well as escalate humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country, Reuters reported.
Yemen has been since March 25, 2015 under aggression by the Saudi-led coalition in a bid to restore power to fugitive president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is Riyadh’s ally.
Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been killed or injured by Saudi-led airstrikes.
The Arab impoverished country has been also under harsh blockade b the coalition which includes in addition to the Kingdom, the UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco and Sudan.