Yemen: UK drafts UN resolution condemning Houthi ballistic missiles

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Britain has drafted a new UN resolution to be submitted to the Security Council on Friday during a special session focusing on ending the conflict in Yemen.

The draft resolution, which was obtained by Al Arabiya English, reaffirms commitment to the unity, sovereignty and independence of Yemen and supports the efforts of the UN special envoy.

The draft resolution also refers to taking all necessary steps to protect civilians.

Also the draft resolution condemns the staging of ballistic missiles and rocket attacks by the Houthi militias against Saudi Arabia, describing these attacks as a threat to regional security.

The draft resolution also discusses the importance of keeping Yemeni ports open, especially the port of Hodeidah.

As for the date expected for holding the announced peace talks in Sweden, it will be on November 29 as stated in the draft resolution.

The draft British resolution calls all parties to the conflict to facilitate the flow of relief aid within two weeks of the approval of draft resolution.

UN Envoy Martin Griffiths is expected to deliver his report on developments related to the humanitarian situation in Yemen during the UN special session today.

Also both Mark Lowck, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Executive Director of the UN World Food Program, David Beasley are expected to present their reports on Yemen.

In a related development, Senior Officials and Ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States and United Kingdom met in Riyadh to identify key actions to rapidly address the economic and humanitarian situation in Yemen.