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US re-lists Yemen’s Ansarullah as ‘terrorist’ group over Red Sea shipping attacks

The United States says it put Yemen’s Houthis back on a list of “terrorist” entities, accusing them of repeated attacks on international shipping in the Red Sea.

“In response to these continuing threats and attacks, the United States announced the designation of Ansarallah, also known as the Houthis, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist,” White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in statement.

Officials said the move means the popular resistance movement will be hit by sanctions.

Senior American officials told Western media that the designation would take effect in 30 days and that it could also be reversed if Yemenis cease their attacks.

As part of their support for Palestinians, Yemen’s armed forces have over the past month targeted several ships owned by Israel or bound for ports in the occupied territories, in the strategic Red Sea after multiple warnings.

Yemen says the measure is meant to help bring a halt to the Israeli genocidal war on Gaza, which has so far killed over 24,000 people, mostly women and children.

However, the US and its allies have portrayed Yemen’s attack as a threat to international peace.

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