US calls on Saudi coalition to open Yemeni ports to aid

December 8, 2017 23:25
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WASHINGTON - The White House for the second time in three days called on the Saudi-led military coalition to allow humanitarian aid to Yemen, in a sign of frustration with a Saudi-led blockade.

In a statement on Friday, the White House also condemned the Houthi movement's repression of political opponents in the capital Sanaa, including killing former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh. It said negotiations were necessary to end violence in the country, "free of the malign influence of Iranian-backed militias."

The statement by White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders followed one on Wednesday by President Donald Trump, who said the Saudis must "completely allow food, fuel, water and medicine to reach the Yemeni people," saying this was needed immediately.

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