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State Dept. to review Trump admin's decision to label Houthis a terrorist organization

Added 01-22-21 08:58:02pm EST - “The State Department said Friday it will review an 11th hour decision by the Trump administration to label the Houthi rebels in Yemen a foreign terrorist organization (FTO).” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “State Dept. to review Trump admin's decision to label Houthis a terrorist organization”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The State Department said Friday it will review an 11th hour decision by the Trump administration to label the Houthi rebels in Yemen a foreign terrorist organization (FTO).

The quick decision to launch a review of the last-minute move under then-Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoJilani: China 'sending clear message' to Biden officials with sanctions that opposition could lead to 'future pay cut' New Israeli envoy arrives in Washington, turning page on Trump era Biden ousts controversial head of US Agency for Global Media MORE comes after critics said the designation could exacerbate a dire humanitarian crisis in Yemen by hindering the distribution of aid in areas the Houthis control.

“Ansarallah, sometimes known as the Houthis, bears significant responsibility for the humanitarian catastrophe and insecurity in Yemen. We strongly believe that Ansarallah needs to change its behavior,” a State Department spokesperson told The Hill. 

“At the same time, we must also ensure that we are not impeding the provision of humanitarian assistance. As noted by Secretary-Designate Blinken, the State Department has initiated a review of Ansarallah's terrorist designations.”

Incoming Biden administration officials had sounded the alarm about the designation and indicated that the Trump-era move could be reversed soon after inauguration.

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