Trump calls on Saudi Arabia to lift Yemen embargo

Trump calls on Saudi Arabia to lift Yemen embargo

Trump calls on Saudi Arabia to lift Yemen embargo

"President Trump pressed Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to fully end its blockade of food, water, medicine, and fuel into Yemen, a rare humanitarian rebuke to the Middle East ally that he has firmly embraced since taking office..."

"This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately", he said in statement.

The announcement came after the kingdom condemned the decision by Trump this week to relocate the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognise the latter as the capital of Israel.

On Thursday, following Trump's call for the blockade to be lifted, Saudi issued a considerably harsher denunciation of the embassy move, branding it an "unjustified and irresponsible step".

Chris Doyle, director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding, suggested on Twitter that it was a tit-for-tat exchange. 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.

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U.S. President Donald Trump has called on U.S. ally Saudi Arabia to end its blockade of Yemen "immediately", citing concern that the war-torn country is on the verge of starvation.

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

"Millions will die in a historic starvation and public health crisis if President Trump's call is not heeded." said Oxfam America official Scott Paul.

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