At least 44 migrants killed by fire, hundreds injured.
President Joe Biden lifted the terrorist organization label for the Iranian-backed Houthi militia Ansar Allah in Yemen a few weeks ago.
Now the jihadi group has been blamed for horrendous crimes against African migrants in the country.
Reports indicate Ansar Allah, Arabic for Allah’s defenders, is linked to the fire at a migrant detention center in Yemen’s capital Sanaa last week. It killed at least 44 migrants and injured hundreds more, The Associated Press and Arab news outlets report.
A leader of the migrant community in the Yemeni capital on Saturday called for an international probe into a fire that tore through a detention center last week, killing at least 44 people, mostly Ethiopian migrants.
In a news conference in Sanaa, Othman Gilto, who heads the Ethiopian community, blamed “negligence” by the Houthi rebels who control the capital, as well as the United Nations, which has aid agencies present in Yemen. The fire also injured more than 200 people, he said.
Some 900 migrants, mostly from Ethiopia, were detained at the facility — including 350 inside a warehouse — when the fire took place on Sunday, according to the International Organization for Migration.
The Embassy of Yemen in the United States confirmed the latest atrocity committed by the rebel terrorist group.
The “Government of Yemen has categorically condemned the heinous crime committed by the Houthi militias against African migrants detained in prisons of Houthis in Sanaa,” a statement posted by the embassy on Twitter said.
Last month, the Biden administration removed Iran’s proxy Houthi militia from the list of designated terrorist groups, reversing a decision taken by the outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The move was among a series of steps taken by the Biden White House to appease the Iranian regime into settling for an Obama-style nuclear deal with Washington.
While the Biden State Department exonerated the Houthis, the jihadi militia’s official motto says everything you need to know about them: “Allah is Greater, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam.”
Much like Hezbollah in Lebanon, Ansar Allah has emerged as an important tool in Iran’s strategy to export terrorism beyond its borders.
In recent years, Tehran has used Ansar Allah to target neighboring Gulf Arab countries. In September 2019, Iranian forces and Houthis carried out devastating drone and missile attacks against Saudi oil fields, destroying the kingdom’s two main oil facilities and disrupting the global oil supply.DONATE
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