Senior UN officials have allayed concern over the potential impact of the decision by the United States to designate Yemen’s Ansar Allah, more commonly known as the Houthi movement, a terrorist group,
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock briefed the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
Addressing the United States’ announcement that it will designate Ansar Allah as a specially designated terrorist entity and foreign terrorist organization under United States domestic law, Lowcock said the likely humanitarian impact is a large-scale famine on a scale that has not been seen for nearly 40 years.
“United States announced it will designate Ansar Allah as especially designated terrorist entity and foreign terrorist organization (or FTO) under US domestic law. For months, aid agencies have unanimously opposed this designation. They believe it will accelerate Yemen’s slide into a large-scale famine”, he said.
“I told the Security Council today that Yemen is on the brink of a famine the likes of which the world has not seen in forty years. Aid agencies believe that the US FTO designation of the Houthis will accelerate Yemen’s slide into a large-scale famine”. Lowcock tweeted.