The United Nations appointed Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Mauritanian former UN official, an envoy to Yemen after the UN envoy Jamal Benomar announced his resignation Wednesday via his official Facebook page.
Russia objected the decision while the other four members of the UN Security Council, France, the US, the UK, and China approved.
“It was not clear [whether] Mauritanian diplomat Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed would successfully take over the post at first,” UN diplomat told Reuters.
Benomar, former UN envoy, faced many hardships in his mission due to lack of confidence from some Yemeni components, which ultimately led to his resignation.
The Iranian-backed Houthis and pro-Saleh army units have been fighting against militia forces loyal to Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who was forced to flee to KSA. Consequently, Saudi-led coalition launched air operation last month against the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthis as a response to Hadi’s appeal to save Yemen.
Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh requested safe exit from Gulf States along with his family out of Yemen, after providing reconciliation initiative with his allies, the Houthis. The initiative entails removing weapons from Sana'a and Aden as well as calling for a dialogue that includes Khaled Bahah -current vice president- as head of presidential council.
Due to the turmoil in Yemen, Turkish Airlines has suspended its flights to Yemen's Sana'a and Aden airports until June 1 as the company announced Wednesday. Since March 26, more than 700 people have been killed, according to the U.N., however the actual number may be more.