Security Council imposes arms embargo on Houthi rebels

Police troopers ride on the back of a patrol truck on the outskirts of Marib city, Yemen October 20, 2021. Picture taken October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Nabil al-Awzari NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

ISLAMABAD, Feb 28 ( Alliance News): The United Nations Security Council has imposed an arms embargo on Houthi rebels following drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

According to the foreign media , some Houthi leaders had previously been banned from carrying weapons, but on the recommendation of the United Arab Emirates, the Houthi rebels have been completely banned from carrying weapons.

The UAE passed the resolution with 11 votes in favor, while the remaining members of the council, Ireland, Brazil, Mexico and Norway abstained.

Russia, considered a close ally of Iran, also voted in favor of the resolution.

The resolution needed 9 votes to pass and no one could veto it.

The resolution also stressed the importance of ensuring the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemen.

The text of the resolution urges member states to intensify their efforts to combat the smuggling of arms and other goods by land and sea and to ensure the implementation of the arms embargo.

It should be noted that in recent times, drone and missile attacks by Houthi rebels on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have increased and they have also announced more attacks.

Twelve people were injured in an attack on Abha Airport near the Saudi border on February 10 this month.

The war between the Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized Yemeni government, backed by a Saudi-led military coalition, has been raging since 2014, when the rebels seized the capital, Sanaa.

In the seven years since then, fighting between the Saudi military coalition and Houthi rebels has killed thousands and displaced millions, and the United Nations has declared it the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis.

Earlier, in January this year, three people, including a Pakistani national, were killed in a drone strike in which oil tankers exploded.

Coalition forces retaliated against the attacks in Yemen, killing more than 10 people.

Saudi Arabia has been the target of frequent drone strikes by Houthi rebels, but fewer have been carried out in the UAE, and most of them have been thwarted by UAE authorities.


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