News ID : 161669
Publish Date : 1/19/2024 11:00:37 AM
UN stays committed to helping Yemen despite US blacklisting of Ansarullah

UN stays committed to helping Yemen despite US blacklisting of Ansarullah

The United Nations has reacted to the US declaration of Yemen’s Ansarullah Movement as a terrorist group, saying the world body remains committed to continue to help the people of Yemen.

NOURNEWS- The United Nations has reacted to the US declaration of Yemen’s Ansarullah Movement as a terrorist group, saying the world body remains committed to continue to help the people of Yemen.

The UN spokesman told reporters on Wednesday night that the US decision to include Yemen's Ansarullah in its list of foreign terrorist groups is “a decision made by an individual country and that it does not include the United Nations”.

“Yemen is highly dependent on the import of goods as well as humanitarian aid. The United Nations is committed to continue helping the Yemeni people based on the principle of neutrality”, Stephane Dujarric said in the press briefing.

At the same time, the UN spokesperson warned that unilateral sanctions often affect civilians.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that Washington’s decision to once again include Yemen's Ansarullah in its list of so-called terrorist groups will take effect after 30 days.

Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser also claimed that the decision was "in response to the continuous threats and attacks in the Red Sea," and said: "If Ansarallah's attacks stop in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, America will immediately reevaluate this designation”

Earlier, US President Joe Biden while talking to reporters in Pennsylvania called Yemen's Ansarullah "terrorist".

With the onset of the Israeli regime's genocidal war on Gaza and the non-stop bombing of the residential, educational and medical areas of the besieged Palestinian territory, resistance groups in the region has taken retaliatory measures against Israel and its main backer the United States.

The Yemeni army also reacted to the Israeli massacre of Palestinians by targeting Israeli positions as well as ships belonging to the regime or vessels heading toward Israeli ports in occupied Palestine.

However, this is not the first time the US has taken harsh unilateral measure against the Yemeni resistance movement.

The administration of former US President Donald Trump added Ansarullah to two lists, designating them as terrorists a day before its term ended.

That measure then prompted the United Nations, aid groups, and some American lawmakers to express fears that sanctions would disrupt flows of food, fuel, and other commodities into war-torn Yemen.

Back in February 2021, the Biden administration revoked the designations in "recognition of the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen", after the UN said the humanitarian crisis in Yemen was "severe" where more than 21 million people were in need of aid.

According to a UN estimate, over 80% of the Yemeni population is still struggling to access food, safe drinking water, and adequate health services.


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