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Washington threatens Houthi terror militia with new sanctions

Houthi supporters demonstrate in Sanaa against US support to the Yemeni government on Nov. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/ File)
Houthi supporters demonstrate in Sanaa against US support to the Yemeni government on Nov. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/ File)
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03 Feb 2022 12:02:18 GMT9
03 Feb 2022 12:02:18 GMT9

WASHINGTON: The US on Wednesday threatened Yemen’s Houthi rebels with new sanctions after a series of drone and missile attacks on the United Arab Emirates.

“We’ve taken a number of such actions, including in recent weeks and months alone, and I suspect we will be in a position to take additional action given the reprehensible attacks that we’ve seen emanate from Yemen from the Houthis in recent days and weeks,” said State Department Spokesperson Ned Price.

President Joe Biden’s administration is under increasing pressure to again formally designate the Houthis as a “foreign terrorist organization,” a label withdrawn from the group one year ago after Biden became president, to engender peace negotiations in the war-torn country.

But the war between the Iran-backed Houthis and the government, backed by the multination Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, has continued to rage.

“You heard from the president last month that this is a decision that is under review,” Price told reporters.

“We will not relent in designating Houthi leaders and entities involved in military offensives that are threatening civilians and regional stability,” he said.

AFP

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