Nine civilians killed in Saudi-led air strike attacks in Yemen

Nine civilians killed in Saudi-led air strike attacks in Yemen

Key infrastructure has been bombed by Saudi-led air strikes while imports have been constricted by a near-blockade aimed at cutting off weapons supplies to the Houthis.

The joint condemnation came a day after Russian Federation vetoed a British-drafted resolution renewing sanctions on Yemen and citing "particular concern" about a report's findings on Iran.

"The Panel of Experts' final report outlined Iran's failure to prevent the transfer of Iranian arms and related material, including ballistic missiles, military equipment, and unmanned aerial vehicle technology, to Houthi militias in Yemen".

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called out Russian Federation for vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned Iran for arming the Houthi rebels in Yemen and suggested that the US could put matters into its own hands.

The draft resolution before the UN Security Council called for holding Iran accountable for violating the arms embargo and included a council commitment to take action over it.

The UN experts, however, said they were unable to identify the supplier.

The Western powers said that the move by the Huthis to fire missiles into Saudi Arabia "has the potential to turn a local conflict into a broader regional one".

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The civil war has been devastating on the civilians, as thousands have been killed and millions more are in dire need of aid.

The Houthis have been controlling much of Yemen's north by force, including the capital Sanaa since 2014.

United Nations statistics show more than 10,000 people, majority civilians, have been killed since the coalition intervened in the Yemeni civil war that also displaced around 3 million.

The Saudi-led coalition since past year has been blockading Yemeni ports in an effort to defeat the Huthis, in a move the United Nations says has exacerabated the near-famine conditions in the country.

The four countries also called on all parties involved to comply with worldwide humanitarian and human rights law, to continue allowing humanitarian aid to enter, and to return to peace talks.

All four countries are signatories to the Iran nuclear deal.

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