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    The UN Security Council banned lethal assistance to Houthi militants fighting with government troops in Yemen.

    NEW YORK (Sputnik) – The UN Security Council passed a resolution Tuesday to ban lethal assistance to Houthi militants fighting with government troops in Yemen.

    The resolution, put forward by Jordan, the United Kingdom and the United States was passed by 14 “yes” votes. Russia abstained, but did not use its right to veto the resolution.

    Yemeni officials have claimed that Iran was supplying weapons to the Houthis. Tehran has refuted the allegations.

    On Thursday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei labeled the Saudi-led airstrikes a "crime and genocide,” pointing out the high civilian casualties.

    Earlier this month, Russia submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council, calling for a "humanitarian pause" in the Yemeni conflict, an immediate ceasefire and an arms embargo imposed on both sides of the conflict as a measure to stop the increasing death toll of the civilian population.

    A jet takes off to participate in the Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen, at an airbase in an undisclosed location in Saudi Arabia in this April 2, 2015 picture provided by Saudi Press Agency. Picture taken April 2, 2015
    © REUTERS / Saudi Press Agency/Handout via Reuters
    These provisions have not been included in the final resolution voted on Tuesday.

    Yemen has been in turmoil since the the Houthi militant group took over large areas in several locations across the country, prompting President-in-exile Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to flee the country.

    Late in March, Hadi asked the Arab League for military aid and, following his request, a Saudi Arabia-led coalition began a campaign of airstrikes against Houthi positions in Yemen.


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