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UN aid chief declines to say if Yemen blockade is illegal

GENEVA - UN humanitarian aid chief Mark Lowcock declined to say on Friday if the Saudi-led blockade on Yemen was a breach of international law, but said there were laws of war and they needed to be respected.
"From the (UN) secretary-general down we’ve consistently called on all parties to uphold their obligations and we condemned flagrant breaches whenever they occur," Lowcock said.Pressed on the legality of the blockade, he said: "It is absolutely essential that people uphold their international obligations. Wars have rules and they need to be complied with."
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