The Purple Cross fears that the US is taking motion in opposition to Yemens Houthis to impede support

GENEVA (Reuters) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Thursday it feared the US designation of Houthi fighters in Yemen as a terrorist group will have a “chilling effect” on the provision of vital aid to starving and sick civilians would lead.

ICRC operations director Dominik Stillhart said the agency is urging states to take such action to consider “humanitarian outsourcing” to mitigate negative impact on the population and on impartial aid.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the move on Sunday, hours after Reuters reported the news, which will include sanctions against the movement and three of its leaders.

It will take effect on January 19, the last full day of the Trump administration’s tenure

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