Published: Mon, December 25, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

United Nations urged to act against Iran over Houthi missiles

United Nations urged to act against Iran over Houthi missiles

On Thursday, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Tim Lenderking said there was no military solution to the conflict and that Trump's administration believes the best course is "aggressive diplomacy".

The Yemeni rebels, known as the Houthis, said they launched a ballistic missile to target Yamama Palace in Riyadh, where King Salman chairs weekly government meetings and receives dignitaries and heads of state from around the world. In that regard, the members of the Council noted with appreciation the recent announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regarding the port of Hodeida.

The first failed attempt on November 4 triggered a sharp Saudi response - the full closure of Yemen's ports and borders that were already under an extensive blockade.

This week German government spokesman Steffen Seibert acknowledged a recent United Nations report on the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal that compiled evidence of Iranian missile transfers to Houthi rebels in Yemen.

A Saudi-backed coalition has launched thousands of air strikes against the Houthis and allied forces since intervening in the war on behalf of the Government nominally based in Aden.

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The statement from the US -backed coalition, carried by Saudi state TV, said the missile was sacked by the Houthis.

Suggesting that there is a political settlement possible, Lenderking says it is possible for the Shi'ite Houthi movement in Yemen to be included, but says they'd have to stop "menacing" Saudi Arabia, citing two missiles fired at the Saudis.

"As the Houthis lose territory and the scant support they have left in Yemen, they have attempted to broaden and further complicate the conflict by increasing their attacks against Saudi Arabia and by threatening to attack the UAE".

Last week, the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed ten women in central Yemen's province of Marib, according to a provincial security official and medics.

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