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    Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said that Russia will propose weekly UN Security Council meetings on the humanitarian situation in Yemen as well as revisiting of Libyan humanitarian struggles.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Russia will propose weekly UN Security Council meetings on the humanitarian situation in Yemen as well as revisiting of Libyan humanitarian struggles, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin told reporters on Wednesday.

    "Now that we see this heightened interest of the Security Council on humanitarian matters, we are going to propose weekly meetings on the humanitarian situation in Yemen, until a political settlement is reached there," Churkin stated. "We need to revisit the humanitarian situation in Libya."

    Churkin added that propagandistic use of humanitarian issues in Syria would not prevent Russia from doing the humanitarian work.

    Earlier in the day, a high-ranking source at the Yemeni General People's Congress Party told Sputnik that UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed had resumed the consultations with parties to the Yemeni conflict in the Omani capital of Muscat.

    Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Shiite Houthi rebels, who have been supported by army units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

    In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states began airstrikes against Houthis in Yemen at the request of President Hadi, causing hundreds of civilian casualties in the military campaign. According to the Yemeni Health Ministry, the bombardments of the coalition in the country have killed over 7,000 people and injured more than 16,500.


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