Images showing the destruction after Saudi Arabia bombed Yemeni food trucks in the A’far customs depot in the Beiza Province earlier this month.
– Saudi Arabia has commonly targeted Yemeni food infrastructure to win the war.
– In a country under famine like Yemen, this is genocide.
The United States government’s decision to designate Ansar Allah, more commonly known as the Houthi rebel group in Yemen, as terrorists, is likely to have “serious humanitarian and political repercussions”, the UN spokesperson said on Monday.
The decision over the designation was announced by US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who issued a statement on Sunday saying that his aim was to hold what he described as the “deadly Iran backed militia group” accountable for attacks that have threatened civilians, infrastructure and shipping. Mr. Pompeo referenced the 30 December attack on Aden Airport, which killed at least 26 people and injured more than 50.
The US chief diplomat will present his plan to Congress on 19 January and, if the US follows through on his threat, imports of food, and other essential items, could be negatively impacted, at a time when more Yemenis are starving, Stephane Dujarric, the UN spokesperson warned, briefing correspondents at UN Headquarters on Monday.
Mr. Pompeo’s statement on Sunday acknowledged concerns that the designations would have an “impact on the humanitarian situation in Yemen”, adding that the US would put in place measures to reduce their impact.