The UN Security Council is set to vote on a resolution drafted by Gulf Arab states seeking to impose an arms embargo on Yemeni rebels. Russia earlier suggested an all-inclusive ban on arms sales and to push all sides to the negotiations table.
The draft resolution being put to the vote on Tuesday envisions an asset freeze and a travel ban on Ahmed Saleh, the former head of Yemen’s elite Republican Guard, and on Abdulmalik al-Houthi, a top leader of the Houthi rebel group, alongside several other top figures challenging Yemeni president’s rule, according to a Reuters diplomatic source.
All targeted individuals, as well as “those acting on their behalf or at their direction in Yemen,” will be slapped with an arms embargo according to the measure put forward by Jordan and its Gulf allies. The resolution calls on Yemen’s neighbors to inspect all shipments into the country. But most of all it demands that the Houthis surrender and withdraw from lands they seized, including the capital.