The United Nations Security Council has voted 14-0, with Russia abstaining, to impose an arms embargo on Houthi rebels in Yemen. It has also approved a global asset freeze and travel ban on Abdulmalik al-Houthi, a Houthi leader, and Ahmed Saleh, the son of previous Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and a former commander of Yemen’s Republican Guard, who has provided military support to the rebels. They are accused of threatening the peace, security, and stability of Yemen and are listed alongside the former President and two other senior Houthi leaders, Abd al-Huthi and Abdullah al-Hakim, who were blacklisted by the Security Council in November (see previous blog).
The Houthi rebels are involved in a military campaign against the supporters of Yemen’s president, Abed Rabbo Mansouri Hadi. The resolution demands that all Yemeni parties, in particular the Houthis, cease violence and “resume and accelerate” UN-brokered negotiations to continue the country’s political transition from the Saleh administration.
The measures are set out in Security Council Resolution 2216 (2015) and the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has sanctioned the two individuals concerned pursuant to Executive Order 13611, in accordance with the Resolution.