Biden: Houthis Considered Terrorist Group

US President Joe Biden said he believes Houthi rebels that have attacked Red Sea shipping are a terrorist group.

“I think they are,” Biden said Friday when asked by reporters if he would be willing to call them a terror organization

Asked if the US will continue strikes against the Houthis, Biden replied: We will make sure that we respond to the Houthis as they continue this outrageous behaviour.

The Biden administration upon taking office removed a formal designation against the group over concerns that associated sanctions would worsen the humanitarian situation in Yemen, which had been wracked by years of civil war.

The White House said in November it was reviewing that decision after the Houthis seized a cargo ship. Since then, the Iran-backed group has launched a barrage of drone and missile attacks on commercial and military vessels transiting the Red Sea. Its leaders say the attacks are meant to support Palestinians amid the Israel-Hamas war.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said hours before Biden spoke that the Houthi review is ongoing and that “no decisions have been made yet.”

US and UK forces on Thursday launched air strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen for the first time since the crisis began. The bombings were aimed at degrading the Houthis’ ability to conduct their shipping attacks.

Biden, during a visit to Pennsylvania on Friday, told reporters he believed the strikes were a success.

“Yes. I don’t think there’s any civilian casualties, that’s another reason why it’s a success,” the president said.

“I’ve already delivered the message to Iran. They know not to do anything,” Biden added. “We will make sure that we respond to the Houthis as they continue this outrageous behavior, along with our allies.”

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