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Houthis on the Red Sea coast, December 5, 2023

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The federal government is studying the possibility of classifying the Yemeni Houthis on the list of terrorist entities after their attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea, Radio-Canada has learned. /p>

We can confirm that our security and intelligence agencies are assessing whether the Houthis should be included on the list of terrorist entities under Canadian law, a spokesperson for the minister told Radio-Canada on Wednesday. of Public Safety Dominic LeBlanc.

We will share more information on this subject in due course, added the spokesperson, Jean -Sébastien Comeau, in an email.

Earlier Wednesday, the United States announced that it would re-designate the Yemeni group close to Iran as a terrorist entity.

However, this sanction will only become effective in 30 days, i.e. on February 16, a senior American official told journalists, speaking under the cover of anonymity to detail the measure intended to put pressure on the rebel group.

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The United States removed the Houthis in February 2021 from its list of terrorist organizations. They judged at the time that this designation complicated the response to a very serious humanitarian crisis in Yemen, a country at war of which the group controls a large part.

Tuesday, the Canadian government remained rather vague about the possibility of designating the Houthis as a terrorist entity, arguing that it is a complex process that requires interministerial consultations.

More details to come.

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