Gulf States submitted a draft resolution against Yemen at the United Nations Security Council, turning a blind eye to the Saudi-led aggression against the poorest country in the Arab world.
The draft resolution was circulated by Jordan, which holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council for April. It demands that the Ansarullah revolutionaries, who are also known as Houthis, withdraw from Sanaa and all other areas seized since 2013.
The text was drafted under chapter 7 of the UN charter, which means it can be enforced by military action and sanctions.
The resolution also slaps an arms embargo on the Houthi leaders and their allies. It demands that the UN blacklist Ansarullah leader, Sayyed Abdul Malik al-Houthi and Ahmed Saleh, the son of Yemen’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
But the seven-page text makes no reference to the Saudi-led military strikes and to Russian calls for humanitarian pauses in the fighting that has left more than 540 dead in nearly three weeks.
Diplomats said the draft resolution could come up for a vote this week.
Russia called an emergency Security Council meeting over the weekend to push for humanitarian pauses to evacuate foreigners and to demand humanitarian access.
Russian diplomats held several rounds of negotiations at the United Nations with their Gulf counterparts on the text drafted under chapter 7 of the UN charter, which means it can be enforced by military action and sanctions.
The draft resolution before the Security Council comes amid mounting international alarm over the civilian toll from the air campaign and reports from aid agencies that they are unable to reach those in need.
Earlier on Tuesday, three Yemeni students were killed in an airstrike which hit a school close to al-Hamzah military base in the southwestern Ibb province.