Possible Houthi terror designation fears Yemen aid workers
Islam News – Humanitarian agencies state that U.S possible designation of Yemen Houthi group as a foreign terrorist organization would prevent aid workers from delivering life-saving assistance; creating by that fear of famine, according to Reuters report.
President Donald Trump’s administration has been threatening to blacklist the group as part of its “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran- Houthi’s supporter- according to Reuters sources.
This blacklisting is imminent, as the sources told Reuters.
“A potential designation is coming at a time of unprecedented need … but our ability to respond is diminishing,” said the NRC’s Sultana Begum from Yemen.
For that this year the coronavirus pandemic, economic decline, floods, escalating armed conflict and a severe aid funding shortage have again raised the possibility of famine.
The Houthis and humanitarian organizations have to get their permits to carry out aid programs, as well as work with ministries and local financial systems.
Aid agencies worry that their work would be criminalised. A former U.N. aid chief, Jan Egeland, said a “General License” should be issued to ensure humanitarian groups can still work with Houthi authorities and provide aid.
“We must be able to negotiate access for our aid and protection of civilians with all sides to all conflicts,” he stated – according to Reuters.