UN orders sanctions on ex-Yemen leader, 2 rebels

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Posted: Nov 07, 2014 5:26 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has imposed sanctions on Yemen's former president and two military commanders from the powerful Shiite Houthi rebel group controlling the capital for threatening the peace, security and stability of the country.

The council late Friday ordered a freeze of all assets and a global travel ban on former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has allied with the Houthis, and rebel military leaders Abd al-Khaliq al-Huthi and Abdullah Yahya al Hakim.

Approval by all 15 council members is required to impose sanctions, and Lithuania's U.N. Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite tweeted that there were no objections by the Friday evening deadline.

Last month, the council said it is prepared to sanction "spoilers" blocking implementation of a transitional roadmap to peace and democracy adopted after a national dialogue.