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DUBAI – Yemen’s Iran-linked Houthi militia, which has disrupted global shipping to show support for Palestinians in the Gaza conflict, is now offering a place to students suspended from US universities after organizing anti-Israel protests protests.

Students have gathered and set up tents on dozens of campuses across the United States to protest Israel’s war in Gaza, now in its seventh month.

Protesters have called on President Joe Biden, who has supported Israel’s right to defend itself, to do more to stop the bloodshed in Gaza and demanded that schools be divested from companies that support the Israeli government.

Many of the schools, including Columbia University in New York City, have called in police to quell the protests.

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“We are serious about welcoming students who have been suspended from American universities for supporting Palestinians,” an official at Sanaa University, which is run by the Houthis, told Reuters. “We are fighting this battle with Palestine in every possible way.”

Sanaa University had issued a statement applauding the “humanitarian” position of the students in the United States and saying they could continue their studies in Yemen.

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“The university administration condemns what academics and students from American and European universities are being subjected to, the suppression of freedom of expression,” the university administration said in a statement, which included an email address for all students who wanted to exercise freedom of expression. their offer.

The US and Britain this year put the Houthi militia back on a list of terrorist groups, saying their attacks on ships in and around the Red Sea are damaging the global economy.

The Houthi’s offer of training for American students sparked a wave of sarcasm among ordinary Yemenis on social media. One social media user posted a photo of two Westerners chewing Yemen’s widely used narcotic leaf Qat. He described the scene as American students during their fifth year at Sanaa University.