UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Safety Council voted unanimously Wednesday to increase the arms embargo on Yemen’s Houthi rebels and an asset freeze and journey ban on Houthi leaders and prime officers till Nov. 15.
The British-drafted decision additionally extends the mandate of the U.N. panel of consultants monitoring the sanctions till Dec. 15.
In February 2022, the Safety Council expanded an arms embargo on Houthi leaders to incorporate all Houthis, saying they’ve threatened the peace, safety and stability of the war-torn nation.
After Wednesday’s vote, the council met behind closed doorways to listen to briefings by Hans Grundberg, the U.N. particular envoy for Yemen, and Joyce Msuya, the assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs.
Yemen, the Arab world’s most impoverished nation with a inhabitants of 26 million, plunged into civil conflict in 2014 after the Iranian-backed Houthis took over the capital of Sanaa. The internationally acknowledged authorities fled and sought help from neighboring Gulf international locations.
In March 2015, a Saudi-led army coalition started what became a devastating conflict to revive the federal government that has killed greater than 10,000 individuals, displaced 2 million and created one of many world’s worst humanitarian disasters. The conflict has deteriorated largely right into a stalemate.
A U.N.-backed truce took impact final April and raised hopes for an extended pause in combating, but it surely ended Oct. 2 after simply six months.
Grundberg informed the council in January that regardless of the tip of the truce, “the general army state of affairs in Yemen has remained steady.” He stated he was inspired by intensified regional and worldwide diplomatic exercise to finish the nation’s eight-year battle, and he reportedly adopted up on these efforts throughout Wednesday’s closed council assembly.