Security Council to vote on a resolution on Yemen

UN Security Council due to vote for resolution of imposing arms embargo on Houthi fighters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The United Nations Security Council will Tuesday vote for a resolution which would impose an arms embargo on the Iranian-backed Houthi fighters.

According to a number of U.N. diplomats, Russia’s position on the resolution hasn’t been certain whether it would vote the draft which brought by the Council members Jordan and Gulf Arab states, but Russia had unsuccessfully suggested an arms embargo to all parties, including President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi's government.

The U.N. resolution, which would be voted late Tuesday, would impose 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, according to Reuters, citing U.N. officials.

Yemen, the poorest country of the Middle East, has been in turmoil since last September, when the Houthis captured the capital Sanaa from where they have sought to extend their influence, later seized the central city of Taiz, driving Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi out of the country.

The resolution also demands the Houthi forces to stop fighting and withdraw from areas they have seized so far.

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.

In a joint statement, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates said they "have decided to answer the call of President Hadi to protect Yemen and its people from the aggression of the Houthi militia."

The clashes between the Houthi fighters and soldiers loyal to President Hadi, who is also backed by the United States, continues to increase and humanitarian concerns are also on the rise for Yemeni people.

U.N.'s deputy Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic said both Houthis and Hadi forces have not exercised sufficient restraint and there were some unselective targeting.

"Over 600 people have been killed in the conflict, but more than half of them are civilians. This is particularly concerning."

TRTWorld and agencies