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Trump calls on Saudis to lift Yemen blockade 'immediately'

Trump calls on Saudis to lift Yemen blockade 'immediately'

U.S. President Donald Trump has called on U.S. ally Saudi Arabia to end its blockade of Yemen "immediately", citing concern that the war-torn country is on the verge of starvation.

Trump stopped short of calling for a pause in Saudi-led bombing of the country, which is home to what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

"President Trump on Wednesday called on Saudi Arabia to allow food, fuel, water, and medicine to reach the people of Yemen, in a statement that reflected the growing alarm of relief agencies and amounted to an unusually harsh public scolding of one of his administration's closest allies".

Yemen is witnessing one of the world's worst outbreaks of cholera, with almost one million people infected. "In a short statement Wednesday, Trump said, "This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately, ' saying the Yemeni people 'desperately need it"..."

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At least 234 people were killed in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, in the past several days in clashes between Shia Houthi rebels and forces loyal to slain former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed Monday, an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) official said Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in neighbouring Yemen in March 2015 to push back the rebels who control the capital Sanaa, in an attempt to restore the government of Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi to power.

Saudi Arabia imposed a blockade on Yemen's ports after a Huthi missile was sacked toward Riyadh airport on November 4.

The conflict has seen civilians repeatedly killed by bombing and through a lack of access to essential food and clean water.


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