[Ed. – In case it wasn’t clear what the administration meant by withdrawing our support from the Saudis’ military efforts to defend themselves against the Houthis, this should be illuminating. The Biden admin cites the famine — but, of course, arms shipments to the Houthis and lack of financial consequences for arms dealers and their banks are not necessary to address famine. The Houthis are trained and usually led by Hezbollah operatives.]
The reversal, confirmed by a State Department official, comes a day after President Joe Biden declared a halt to U.S. support for the Saudi Arabia-led military campaign in Yemen, widely seen as a proxy conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
“Our action is due entirely to the humanitarian consequences of this last-minute designation from the prior administration, which the United Nations and humanitarian organizations have since made clear would accelerate the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” the official said. …
Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blacklisted the Houthis on Jan. 19 – a day before Biden took office.
The Trump administration exempted aid groups, the United Nations, the Red Cross and the export of agricultural commodities, medicine and medical devices from its designation. But U.N. officials and relief groups said the carve-outs were not enough and called for the designation to be revoked.