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With Russia abstaining, Security Council punishes Yemeni rebel leaders

With Russia abstaining, Security Council punishes Yemeni rebel leaders

The United Nations Security Council voted Tuesday to impose an arms embargo on Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels in an attempt to quell violence that the world body’s envoy to the impoverished Middle East country has warned is on a “rapid downward spiral.” The council’s emergency session vote was 14-0, with Russia abstaining in protest of that the resolution did not ban arms deliveries to all sides in the conflict. The resolution also blacklisted Houthi leader Abdel-Malek Houthi, as well as Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Soldiers loyal to the self-exiled former president, who stepped down in 2012, are accused...

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