UN Security Council approves resolution extending Yemen sanctions

UN Security Council approves resolution extending Yemen sanctions

The UN Security Council approved a resolution Tuesdayextending targeted sanctions in Yemen following contentious negotiations includingon whether to refer to UN experts' findings that Yemen's Houthi Shiamilitias are receiving parts for drones and weapons, some with technicalcharacteristics similar to arms manufactured in Iran.

Britain, which drafted the resolution, and the US and other Westernnations supported the experts' findings, but Russia and Chinaobjected.

The much-revised British draft voted on Tuesday afternooneliminated all references to the Houthis and Iran, but Russia and Chinasaid their demands were not fully met and abstained.

That appeared to be a surprise to Britain and its Westernallies who thought after negotiations into the early afternoon that all 15council members would vote "yes."

The resolution does ask the UN panel of experts,whose mandate was renewed, to report on commercially available components usedby individuals and entities under UN sanctions, without referring to any party.

The panel of experts reported in late January that the Houthishad acquired such weapons which were used to assemble drones, water-borneexplosive devices and other weapons systems.

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