UN envoy: Yemen on edge of Civil war


United Nation: United Nation: According to United Nations, events in Yemen are pushing the country to the edge of a civil war.A UN special envoy has called for all parties to resolve the escalating conflict peacefully.Impoverished Yemen has descended into chaos in recent months, with a Shiite militia, known as Huthis, seizing control of Sanaa and forcing President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee to the main southern city of Aden. That view was echoed by the Security Council in a presidential statement which reaffirmed the readiness of the U.N.’s most powerful body to take “further measures” against any party impeding the road to peace in Yemen. That could mean new sanctions, or possibly other actions.

Lithuania’s U.N. Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite said after the closed consultations that all the council members supported a return to negotiations, but she doesn’t foresee new sanctions “not at this stage.”

Benomar said “it would be an illusion” to think that Houthi Shiite rebels, who control the capital Sanaa, much of the north, and are moving further south backed by some members of Yemen’s armed forces — could succeed in taking control of the entire country. On Sunday, the Houthis seized Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city.