UN imposes arms embargo on Yemen Houthis

The council voted 14 in favor. Russia abstained, saying some of its proposals for the resolution, drafted by council member Jordan and Gulf Arab states, were not included.

UN imposes arms embargo on Yemen Houthis

 World Bulletin / News Desk

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday blacklisted the son ofYemen's former president and a Houthi leader, and effectively imposed an arms embargo on the Iran-allied Houthi rebels who rule most of the country.

"The co-sponsors refused to include the requirements insisted upon by Russia addressed to all sides to the conflict to swiftly halt fire and to begin peace talks," Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told the council after the vote.

Saudi Arabia launched air strikes against the Houthis in neighboring Yemen last month with a coalition made up mainly of four Gulf Arab allies. The United States said last week it is speeding up arms supplies to the coalition.

"We insisted that the arms embargo needs to be comprehensive; it's well known that Yemen is awash in weapons," Churkin said. "The adopted resolution should not be used for further escalation of the armed conflict."

Iran on Monday urged the formation of a new Yemeni government and offered to assist in a political transition.

The U.N. Security Council imposed a global asset freeze and travel ban on Ahmed Saleh, the former head ofYemen's elite Republican Guard, and on Abdulmalik al-Houthi, a top leader of the  Houthi group.

 

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