UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Yemen

The UN Security Council plans to hold an emergency meeting aimed at finding a solution to the crisis in Yemen.

The meeting will be held behind closed doors on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. local time (1900 GMT) in New York, says the UN.

Diplomats say the meeting will take place following a letter by fugitive President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to the council.

Citing the Ansarullah movement’s control of the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a, Hadi called for “your urgent intervention in all available means to stop this aggression that is aimed at undermining the legitimate authority, the fragmentation of Yemen and its peace and stability.”

Representatives from Yemen and Qatar are scheduled to address the 15-member council.

On Friday, Hadi gave a televised speech challenging the Houthis. He called the movement’s rule in the capital and elsewhere a “coup against constitutional legitimacy.”

Following the speech, Ansarullah called for a “general mobilization” against forces loyal to the embattled president.

The Yemeni Houthis, in a statement from the movement’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee issued on Saturday, described the motive behind the move as “deteriorating security conditions in the country” and the “war imposed on the Yemeni people on all fronts.”

This came as the US announced on Saturday that it will withdraw its forces from Yemen for security reasons.

“Due to the deteriorating security situation in Yemen, the US government has temporarily relocated its remaining personnel out of Yemen,” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said in a statement.

Over 140 people were killed and more than 350 suffered injuries in three bomb attacks at Badr mosque in southern Sana’a and al-Hashoosh mosque in the northern part of the capital on March 20. The ISIL Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Rathke added that Hadi was informed about the move and that Washington “will continue to engage the Yemeni people and the international community to strongly support Yemen’s political transition.”

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