UNSC demands Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Yemen withdraw from government

February 16, 2015 03:05

The United Nations Security Council on Sunday demanded Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Yemen withdraw from government institutions, called for an end to foreign interference and threatened "further steps" if the violence does not stop.

"Today we have made clear that those who use violence and intimidation to try to dictate Yemen's future are undermining the security of all Yemeni citizens and are eroding the political progress made since 2011," said British UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, who also helped draft the security council resolution.

Also on the list of demands was the immediate release of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Prime Minister Khaled Baha and members of the former cabinet, all currently under house arrest.

The United Nations has warned that Yemen is collapsing. Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters have sidelined the central government after seizing the capital Sanaa in September and expanding across Yemen, which borders oil giant Saudi Arabia.

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