Trump Calls On Saudis To Allow Humanitarian Aid Into Yemen 'Immediately'

Supporters of the Houthi movement attend the funeral of those killed during recent clashes between Houthi rebel fighters and loyalists of Yemen's late ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa

US President Donald Trump took the rare step Wednesday of publicly demanding that ally Saudi Arabia immediately allow humanitarian aid into war-ravaged Yemen, as residents in the capital Sanaa scrambled for supplies.

Calls by the United Nations for a humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen, and calls by the U.S. for the Saudis to end the blockade of Yemen both appear to have fallen on deaf ears, with the blockade continuing so far, and Saudi warplanes attacking the Yemeni capital with even more intensity than before.

"This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately", the president added.

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.

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Yemen is witnessing one of the world's worst outbreaks of cholera, with almost one million people infected. The killing of Yemen's ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the country's Shiite rebels on Monday, as their alliance crumbled, has thrown the almost three-year civil war into unpredictable new chaos.

The killing of ex-leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, days after his overtures to the Arab-led coalition, has buried hopes for a breakthrough in Yemen's war, analysts say, and risks fueling a standoff between Riyadh and Tehran.

Saleh's death came after he bypassed his Huthi allies of three years, telling the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen he was ready to negotiate if the crippling siege were lifted.

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