Arab League seeks terror designation for Yemen Houthi rebels

The Arab League says Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels should be labeled a terror group after they attacked the United Arab Emirates.

On January 17, the Houthis claimed a drone and missile attack that struck an oil facility and the airport in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, killing three people and wounding six. It was the first deadly assault acknowledged by the UAE inside its borders and claimed by the Yemeni insurgents during a seven-year Saudi-led coalition campaign against the rebels.

The pan-Arab bloc, based in the Egyptian capital, releases a statement following an extraordinary meeting, calling the strikes “a flagrant violation of international law… and a real threat to vital civilian installations, energy supplies, and global economic stability,” as well as a threat to regional peace and security.

Former US president Donald Trump designated the Houthis a terrorist movement but the administration of President Joe Biden removed the group in response to fears from aid groups responding to what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Biden’s administration has, however, sanctioned individual Houthi figures.

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