The United Nations warned this week that Yemen is in ‘imminent danger’ of experiencing the world’s worst famine in decades [File: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters]

United States lawmakers, international aid groups and rights advocates are warning the outgoing Trump administration against reported plans to label Yemen’s Houthi rebel group a “foreign terrorist organisation”, saying it would worsen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Citing unnamed US officials, Foreign Policy first said this week that the US State Department was considering the designation as part of President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran and its allies.

The Washington Post also reported that the announcement is expected to come in December.

“It’s a very scary prospect as the country teeters on the edge of famine,” said Hassan

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