Aid group blasts U.S. terror label as “diplomatic vandalism” in Yemen

The aide said there was no consultation with U.S. Humanitarian groups that provide aid to around 80% of the country’s population say it will have dire consequences for their operations. “The humanitarian operation – the largest in the world — cannot replace the private sector or compensate for major drops in commercial imports of food and other essential goods.” 48,000 Yemeni women at risk of death in child birth”We are also concerned that the designations may have a detrimental impact on efforts to resume the political process in Yemen, as well as polarize even more the positions of the parties to the conflict,” he added. One U.S. Foreign Secretary.The move was also the cause of serious consternation for some U.S. “After four years of a failed war strategy that has created the world’s largest humanitarian catastrophe, the last thing the Yemeni people need is further interruption of aid and economic flows.””The further immiseration of Yemenis, which will be the product of this policy, is a disgrace to the name of the U.S., and will have the perverse result of strengthening precisely the forces it claims to oppose,” added Miliband, who previously served as the U.K. State Department announced that it will designate an Iranian-backed group in Yemen a foreign terrorist organization. The aide told CBS News that a representative for the U.S. lawmakers this week. The U.S. The U.N.’s World Food Programme, which provides more food aid than any other organization to Yemen, acknowledged the U.S. First published on January 13, 2021 / 9:17 AM government’s action today is likely to tip the scale in Yemen towards economic meltdown, famine, and death. Workers carry food aid distributed by the World Food Program at a warehouse in Sanaa, Yemen,  April 21, 2020. would “put in place measures to reduce their impact on certain humanitarian activity and imports.” He said the administration was also ready to work with the U.N. He said the measures would take effect on January 19 — the day before President-Elect Joe Biden is sworn into office. 

Pompeo acknowledged in the statement “concerns that these designations will have an impact on the humanitarian situation in Yemen,” and said the U.S. on the delivery of humanitarian assistance, but said it hoped to get more clarity soon on what accommodations would be made. For five years the Houthis have fought in a brutal civil war against Yemen’s internationally recognized, Saudi Arabian-backed government. lawmakers on the major policy change, which they said showed a “completely disregard” for the catastrophic loss of life it would cause.   CBS News’ Christina Ruffini at the State Department and Pamela Falk at the United Nations contributed to this report. The Houthis control territory where about 80% of Yemenis live, including the country’s capital Saana and the major port of al-Hudaydah.”The designations are intended to hold Ansarallah accountable for its terrorist acts, including cross-border attacks threatening civilian populations, infrastructure, and commercial shipping,” U.S. government to maintain the flow of humanitarian aid to Yemen take this into consideration,” she continued.Other humanitarian groups that provide aid in Yemen took a harder line on the new designation. We urge that the special measures mentioned by the U.S. government’s commitment to work with the U.N.— David Miliband (@DMiliband) January 12, 2021

“This is pure diplomatic vandalism,” David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee, said in a statement. Aid groups warn U.S. Pure diplomatic vandalism. “Life has just gotten harder for millions, with over 24 million people in Yemen already in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.””The humanitarian response does not operate in a vacuum. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a Monday statement. terror designation “a worst-case scenario” for Yemen

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Updated on: January 13, 2021 / 10:34 AM
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U.S., Iran and Yemen’s humanitarian crisis

U.S., Iran and Yemen’s humanitarian crisis


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“The designations are also intended to advance efforts to achieve a peaceful, sovereign, and united Yemen that is both free from Iranian interference and at peace with its neighbors,” the statement continued.United Nations spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, however, that the new designation could aggravate the conflict, while impeding vital humanitarian operations and deepening Yemen’s economic collapse.A worst-case scenario “Yemen brings in almost all its food via commercial imports. Ansar Allah — better known around the world simply as the Houthis, controls a vast swathe of war-torn Yemen, and the United Nations warns the terrorist label could worsen the conflict. Congressional aide described a Monday conference call between State Department officials and congressional staffers on the pending designation of the Houthis — along with a State Sponsor of Terrorism re-designation for Cuba — as an acrimonious disaster. federal government’s own Agency for International Development (USAID) had said on the call that the designation would cost lives. We are concerned that the designation will negatively impact — including through possible ‘over compliance’ by commercial actors — imports of food and other essential commodities just as more Yemenis are starving,” Dujarric said. WFP/Mohammed Awadh

“Right now, this looks like a worst-case scenario for Yemen,” Annabel Symington, WFP spokesperson for Yemen, told CBS News. We work with banks, commercial traders and transporters, who in turn have links to global insurers and so on. and aid groups “to address these implications.” 

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