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President Trump calls on Saudis to immediately end Yemen blockade

06 December 2017

Both Saleh forces and the Houthi rebels are battling to capture the capital city.

"The members of the Security Council call all sides to de-escalate and to recommit and re-engage without preconditions in the UN-led political process to achieve a durable ceasefire", Japanese ambassador Koro Bessho, the council's president, said after a closed-door meeting on the situation.

But humanitarian groups say the Saudis' actions are still preventing much needed food, fuel and medicine from getting into a country that was already on the brink of starvation and suffering from the worst outbreak of cholera in modern history.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that despite the intensified fighting, humanitarian flights, including by the United Nations and the Red Cross, resumed to Sanaa on Tuesday morning.

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It was unclear on Wednesday whether the Houthis had already buried Saleh's body.

Everyone knows that it was Iranian intelligence that provided Houthi militias with Saleh's plan of action, and gave clear instructions to take him and his companions out in cold blood. Salah also urged his father's followers to fight their former allies, the Shiite rebels known as Houthis. A spokesman quoted Aboul-Gheit as saying the worldwide community should label the Houthis a "terrorist" organization. The group doesn't look likely to recover.either, with reports his presumed successor, nephew Tariq Saleh, has also died. "He got what he deserved", Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Iran's supreme leader, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

Reportedly, clouds of smoke could be seen coming from the building amid the clashes between the Houthi rebels and loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The coalition threw its support behind Saleh when he turned on the rebels, and may now back his son.

Meanwhile, residents said loud explosions were heard in downtown Sanaa.

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Yemen's stalemated war has killed over 10,000 civilians and displaced 3 million.

The fighting was triggered by power struggles within the rebel camp, which has been at war since March 2015 with a Saudi-led coalition backing the internationally recognized government.

But over the past year, the Houthis appear to have undermined Saleh, wooing away some of his commanders. It is reported that only five people attended the funeral.

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President Trump calls on Saudis to immediately end Yemen blockade