UN urges US to reverse terror designation of Yemen’s Houthi rebels

The United States must cancel its decision to classify Yemen’s Houthi rebels as “terrorists” to avoid the risk of a famine not seen for decades, a senior United Nations official tells the Security Council.

“What is the likely humanitarian impact? The answer is a large-scale famine on a scale that we have not seen for nearly 40 years,” says Mark Lowcock, the UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs.

“Would licenses and exemptions for aid agencies prevent that? The answer is no. What would prevent it? A reversal of the decision.”