In the wake of missile attacks in the Red Sea, Canada contemplates including the Houthis on the terrorist roster.

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Canada is currently evaluating whether to include the Shia Islamist Houthi movement on the terrorist list because of their attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea, which are backed by Iran. According to a spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc, the country’s security and intelligence agencies are assessing if the Houthis meet the specific criteria for inclusion on the list. The spokesperson added that more information will be provided in the future. Canada has faced pressure to include the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on the list as well, but the government has resisted such calls. The Prime Minister and his cabinet can add an entity to the terrorist list under the Criminal Code if the public safety minister determines that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the entity has engaged in terrorist activities. Designating the Houthis as terrorists would have severe legal and financial consequences, including freezing their assets and charging anyone who supports them. While Canada reviews the situation, the U.S. has already taken action and declared the Houthi rebels as “global terrorists” under American law. This decision was based on the Houthi attacks in the Red Sea, which posed a threat to U.S. personnel and global trade operations. The Houthis have fired multiple missiles at commercial tankers passing through the Red Sea during the Israel-Hamas war. To address these attacks, the U.S., U.K. (with Canada’s support), launched airstrikes on Houthi targets after the group ignored warnings to cease their actions. The U.S. had previously removed the Houthis from the terrorist list, but their recent actions led to their re-inclusion, which will have financial implications for the group and Yemen. The previous removal came after concerns were raised by the United Nations and aid groups about the impact of the terrorist designation on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, caused by the ongoing civil war. According to Western intelligence, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force and Lebanese Hezbollah have provided the Houthis with weapons, technology, training, and other support during their decade-long war with Saudi Arabia.

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