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U.N. Security Council tells Iranian-backed Houthi rebels to step down in Yemen


The United Nations Security Council on Sunday unanimously adopted a resolution demanding that rebels who are sponsored by the Iranian regime to immediately relinquish control of Yemen’s government.

The resolution sponsored by 10 countries and approved by all 15 council demands that the Houthi rebels “immediately and unconditionally” withdraw forces from government institutions.

The resolution was not under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which would have allowed it to be militarily enforced.

It was the first resolution adopted by the Security Council since the Houthi rebels effectively seized control of Yemen.

Arab countries have been pressing for the use of military force against what they call the rebels’ “illegitimate seizure of power.”

Worried about the Iranian regime’s meddling in Yemen, foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council on Sunday urged the Security Council to intervene.

They warned that if the world fails to respond, they are prepared to act on their own to maintain regional security and stability.

The UNSC resolution “deplores actions taken by Houthis” and calls on the rebels to adopt the roadmap drawn up by the GCC for a democratic transition in the country.

The council asked all parties, especially the Houthis, to cease all violence, while urging countries to refrain from any kind of interference in the conflict.

The Houthis, who are traditionally based in northern Yemen bordering Saudi Arabia, swept into Sanaa in September and have seized other territory since.

During the past week many officials of the Iranian regime have taken credit for training and arming the Houthis in Yemen.

Yemeni rebels are ‘similar to the Lebanese Hezbollah’ and ‘will come into action against the enemies of Islam’, Ali Shirazi, a representative of the regime’s terrorist Qods Force declared.

He told the Defa Press news agency on Sunday: “The Houthi group is similar to Hezbollah, and this group will come into action against the enemies of Islam.

“The Islamic republic directly supports the Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah in Lebanon and the popular forces in Syria and Iraq,” he said.

“Hezbollah was formed in Lebanon as a popular force like Basij. Similarly popular forces were also formed in Syria and Iraq, and today we are watching the formation of Ansar Allah in Yemen,” he added.