Yemen's Houthis defiant as US labels rebels 'terrorists'

Yemen’s Houthis were defiant Monday after Washington said it will designate the Iran-backed rebels as terrorists, a last-ditch move under President Donald Trump that the UN and US lawmakers warned would worsen the humanitarian crisis. Unless Congress blocks the decision, the Houthis will be blacklisted on January 19 – one day before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, whose aides had hoped to push to end Yemen’s devastating six-year war. Huthi political commander Mohamed Ali al-Huthi condemned the US move in a tweet and said they had “the right to respond”. “The Yemeni people don’t …

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