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UN Security Council adopted resolution imposing an arms embargo against Yemen’s Houthi

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(New York-AlummahWorld, 26 Jumada ath Thaniyah 1436, 15 April 2015) The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution imposing an arms embargo against Yemen’s Houthi militias and blacklisting the country’s deposed president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Resolution 2216 was passed under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter and imposes sanctions against the leader of the Houthi movement along with Saleh.
It was unanimously adopted by the session, with Russia being the only member abstaining without using its veto, citing that some of the proposals it had suggested did not make it to the text. Russia and China had some reservation on the resolution draft but finally the security council imposed embargo against Iran backed Houthi militants who are fighting with forces and tribal groups loyal to Yemen`s legitimate president Hadi Mansour.

As the resolution was passed under Chapter 7 of the Charter, the Houthis are expected to immediately cease their acts and adhere to the text, Qatar’s ambassador to the Council Sheikha Alya Bint Ahmed Bin Saif Al-Thani said. Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.N., Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, lauded the resolution as a “victory for the Yemeni people,” adding that the text confirmed that the Houthi’s acts in Yemen are unacceptable.

The adoption of the resolution will definately isolate Houthis and other armed rebels fighting against the group supporting president Hadi Mansour. Security Council resolution also a clear success and approval of Saudi Arabia`s stance towards Yemen crisis and current situation in the country.

As to the possibility of deploying ground troops into Yemen, Mouallimi said that is a decision best left to the military command.

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

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

Two other senior Houthi leaders, Abd al-Khaliq al-Huthi and Abdullah Yahya al Hakim, were blacklisted by the Security Council in November. Yemeni soldiers loyal to the former president are fighting alongside the Houthis.



The resolution imposed an arms embargo on the five men and “those acting on their behalf or at their direction in Yemen” - effectively the Houthi and soldiers loyal to Saleh.

It demands the Houthis stop fighting and withdraw from areas they have seized, including Sanaa, the capital. It also expressed concern at “destabilizing actions” taken by former President Saleh, “including supporting the Houthis’ actions.”