Open Doors Warns Yemeni Christians Could Face Heightened Christian Persecution After U.S. Removes Houthis from List of Terror Organizations

Houthi followers shout slogans during a demonstration against Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, July 18, 2016. | (Photo: Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)

The U.S. government’s decision to remove the terror designation from the Iran-backed Yemeni Houthis could lead to heightened Christian persecution, according to the head of a prominent international Christian human rights organization.

After the Biden administration removed the Houthi organization, known as Ansar Allah, from the list of foreign terrorist organizations early last month, two Saudi-influenced newspapers reported Yemen’s Houthi militia is threatening Christians with extended detainment.

David Curry, the president of the Christian persecution watchdog organization Open Doors USA, told The Christian Post in a recent interview that removing the terror designation applied by the Trump administration in 2018 is a “mistake” that will only “embolden” Houthi militia.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Emily Wood

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