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Trump calls on Saudis to lift Yemen blockade 'immediately'

07 Décembre 2017

In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. president said: "I have directed officials in my administration to call the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to request that they completely allow food, fuel, water and medicine to reach the Yemeni people who desperately need it".

Saleh's death came after he bypassed his Houthi allies of three years, telling the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen he was ready to negotiate if the crippling siege were lifted. The coalition has imposed a blockade on the country, with the aim of reinstating the internationally recognized government of Saleh's successor, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Violent clashes in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, in recent days have resulted in at least 125 deaths, according to aid groups.

On December 5, the UN Security Council warned of "the dire and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen", saying the country "stands at the brink of catastrophic famine" largely due to the blockade.

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Trump stopped short of calling for a pause in the US -backed, Saudi-led bombing of the country, which is enduring what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis. "Millions will die in a historic starvation and public health crisis if President Trump's call is not heeded", Paul said in a statement. Bob Corker in a previously scheduled meeting about Yemen.

Jamie McGoldrick, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said aid workers were able to reach a number of hospitals and health posts in the capital to distribute trauma kits and equipment. You all are the heavy in this.

Last month, the Nobel Women's Initiative said in a statement said that the blockade "rendered access to humanitarian assistance impossible for the people of Yemen", and "denies millions of vulnerable and innocent civilians access to food, fuel and medical supplies".

Trump calls on Saudis to lift Yemen blockade 'immediately'