UN Security Council draft resolution urges action on Yemen's crisis amid fears of collapse

U.N. Security Council members are considering the first resolution on Yemen since a rebel takeover spun the Arab world's poorest country into the danger of collapse.

A draft resolution obtained by The Associated Press demands that Shiite Houthi rebels "immediately and unconditionally" withdraw forces from government institutions, release U.S.-backed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his Cabinet from house arrest, and engage "in good faith" in U.N.-led peace talks.

But the draft falls short of what the Arab countries of the Gulf Coordination Council would like.

Alarmed and worried that Shiite powerhouse Iran is backing the rebels, the largely Sunni Muslim states of the council have demanded a resolution that condemns the Houthis and acts under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, meaning it can be militarily enforced.