White House says it believes Saudi Arabia will open Yemen port

By REUTERS
December 7, 2017 22:49
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The White House said on Thursday it believed that Saudi Arabia would allow a blocked port in Yemen to open after President Donald Trump urged Riyadh to lift a blockade to let humanitarian aid reach the Yemeni people.

The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Iran-aligned armed Houthi movement in Yemen's civil war started blockading ports a month ago after Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired toward its capital Riyadh from Yemen.

Although the blockade later eased, Yemen's situation remains dire. About 8 million people are on the brink of famine with outbreaks of cholera and diphtheria. Yemen's population of 27 million is almost entirely reliant on imports for food, fuel and medicine.

"I believe there are actions that are taking place for a port to open and we'll keep you posted as those details become more available," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

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