UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Monday on a United Arab Emirates proposal to impose an arms embargo on Yemen’s Houthis after the group claimed responsibility for several drone and missile attacks on the country. country this year.
The measure would extend to the entire group a targeted UN arms embargo targeting several Houthi leaders. The measure requires nine votes in favor and no vetoes from Russia, the United States, Britain, France or China.
A Saudi-led coalition, including the United Arab Emirates, intervened in Yemen in 2015 after the Iran-aligned Houthis ousted the internationally recognized government from Sanaa. The Houthis say they are fighting a corrupt system and foreign aggression.
The coalition, the United States and UN sanctions monitors have accused Iran of supplying weapons to the Houthis, which Tehran and the group deny.
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The war has killed tens of thousands of people and caused a humanitarian crisis, pushing Yemen to the brink of famine.
A senior Security Council diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the proposed arms embargo against the Houthi group did not include an asset freeze, so there would be no “no impact on humanitarian aid or commercial shipping, which was a concern” among some board members. .
A year ago, President Joe Biden’s administration revoked the US designation of the Houthis as a terrorist organization, fearing it would worsen the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Former President Donald Trump’s administration had blacklisted the Houthis a day before Biden took office in January 2021.
The UAE, Saudi Arabia and some U.S. lawmakers are lobbying the White House to return the Houthi movement to the U.S. list of foreign terrorist groups following recent Houthi attacks on the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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