Security Council imposes arms embargo on Houthis in Yemen

UN Security Council passes resolution which imposes arms embargo on Houthi fighters in Yemen

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The United Nations Security Council late Tuesday voted in favor of imposing arms embargo on the Iranian-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen, abstained by veto power Russia.

The U.N. resolution imposes a global asset freeze and also a travel ban on Ahmed Saleh, son of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, and on Abdulmalik al-Houthi, top leader of the Houthi rebel group.

The United States ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power praised the resolution and the Council adopting the resolution.

"The imposition of a global asset freeze and travel ban on Ahmed Ali Saleh and Abdulmalik al-Houthi, as well as a targeted arms embargo, shows that this council will take action against those that continue to undermine efforts toward reconciliation," said Power.

The U.N. resolution is welcomed by the Saudi-led coalition forces which have been conducting air strikes on Houthi targets for three weeks.

Saudi Arabian fighter jets started bombing Houthi rebel targets March 25 after announcing a coalition comprised of 10 countries to intervene in the escalating sectarian crisis which has gripped the country.

The coalition spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri, during a press conference in Riyadh Wednesday, said the U.N. resolution could lead to stability.

The resolution of United Nations is victory for the Yemeni population, said Ahmed Asseri.

“It is a victory for peace. It is complementary with the coalition operations.”

Houthi fighters, on the other hand, have condemned the resolution, saying it supported aggression in the country.

The Supreme Revolutionary Committee, the governing body of the Houthis, called Yemeni people to rally and protest Thursday against the U.N. resolution.

TRTWorld and agencies