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Mon - 11 Jan 2021 - 03:21 PM ،،،

 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the Congress would be notified of his intent to designate pro-Iran Houthi militia as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and also his intent to designate three of the militia’s leaders, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, Abd al-Khaliq Badr al-Din al-Houthi, and Abdullah Yahya al Hakim as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs).

"These designations will provide additional tools to confront terrorist activity and terrorism by the deadly Iran-backed militia group in the Gulf region. The designations are intended to hold Houthis accountable for its terrorist acts, including cross-border attacks threatening civilian populations, infrastructure, and commercial shipping." Pompeo said in a statement late Sunday.

"The United States recognizes concerns that these designations will have an impact on the humanitarian situation in Yemen. We are planning to put in place measures to reduce their impact on certain humanitarian activity and imports into Yemen." he explained.

"We need not look further than the callous attack targeting the civilian airport in Aden on December 30, in which the Houthis struck the arrival terminal killing 27 individuals, including three staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross, to see the destruction the Houthis continue to inflict upon civilians and civilian infrastructure. The Yemeni and Saudi governments as well as multiple experts have directly tied this attack to the Houthis." Pompeo said.

"If the Houthi militia did not behave like a terrorist organization, we would not designate it as an FTO and SDGT." he added.