UN Security Council slaps sanctions on Yemen ex-president Saleh

The UN Security Council on Friday imposed sanctions on Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and two allied rebel commanders for threatening peace in the impoverished Arab country.

A US request to impose a visa ban and assets freeze on the deposed leader and the two commanders from the Shiite Huthi movement went into force after no objections were raised to the measures by the deadline of 2200 GMT, the Lithuanian chair of the sanctions committee said.

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