EU imposes arms embargo against Houthi leaders

Published June 8th, 2015 - 11:58 GMT

The European Union imposed an arms embargo Monday on former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh and four others supporting the country's Houthi rebel movement, implementing sanctions agreed by the United Nations.

Yemen has been gripped by conflict since the Houthis, a Shiite rebel group, overran the capital Sana'a in September and began advancing across the country, sparking deadly clashes with local Sunni tribes and al-Qaeda operatives.

Nearly 2,300 people have died since mid-March, half of whom were civilians, according to the UN.

Those targeted by the arms embargo include Saleh's son, Ahmed Ali Abdullah, who has played "a key role in facilitating the military expansion of the Houthi movement," the EU said in a statement.

In December, the bloc had imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on Saleh, as well as on Houthi rebel leaders Abdullah Yahya Al Hakim and Abd Al-Khaliq Al-Houthi.

The list was expanded on Monday to include Saleh's son and Houthi leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi.

The EU arms embargo, imposed on all five men, also prevents them from being granted technical and financial assistance related to military activity.

The decision implements measures agreed by the UN in April.


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