Trump calls on Saudis to immediately end Yemen blockade

Trump demands Saudi Arabia allow aid into Yemen 'immediately'

Trump demands Saudi Arabia allow aid into Yemen 'immediately'

"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", Trump said in a statement.

"This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately".

The Saudi coalition appears eager to facilitate this, with UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan visiting Saleh's exiled son to offer condolences, and raising speculations that the younger Saleh could soon be sent to Yemen to try to lead what's left of the Saleh force.

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

Supporters of Shiite Houthi rebels attend a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday.

Saleh was killed at the hands of Houthi rebels on Monday and clashes over the past week have seen streets blockaded by warring factions and the setting up of checkpoints.

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. He said residents were stocking up on supplies but that fuel shortages were a big concern for the days ahead.

Yemen's stalemated war has killed over 10,000 civilians and displaced 3 million. "We have no wages, no security, no life", said a schoolteacher in Sanaa.

Oxfam International applauded Trump's statement, calling it "long overdue but hugely important". "Millions will die in a historic starvation and public health crisis if President Trump's call is not heeded", Paul said in a statement.

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