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    Russia Calls for UN Security Council Meeting on Yemen Friday

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    Russia called a UN Security Council briefing on Friday to get an update on the situation in Yemen, Deputy Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov said.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict since 2014 between the government headed by Hadi and Houthi rebels, the country’s main opposition force. The Houthis are backed by army units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

    Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request.

    "Russia calls a UN Security Council meeting in the context of consultations. We want to hear Secretariat's plans regarding the political solutions to the Yemeni crisis," Safronkov said.

    The Russian Humanitarian Mission provided Yemeni civilians with humanitarian aid the western province of Amran on Thursday. The convoy is filled with essential supplies for the internally displaced people who are temporarily residing in the camp.

     

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