US President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked its ally, Saud Arabia, to remove all blockades to the provision of food, medicine and other humanitarian aid to residents of war-ravaged Yemen.
Saudi Arabia had imposed a blockade on Yemen’s ports in response to a November 4 launch of a Huthi missile towards Riyadh airport.
In a rare move by a US president, Trump said the Saudis have to make the move immediately and said he has ordered his aides to contact the Saudi leadership.
According to a statement, the contact is “to request that they (Saudis) completely allow food, fuel, water, and medicine to reach the Yemeni people who desperately need it.
“This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately.”
Trump, with this, has placed the weight of the US behind finding a way to ease the humanitarian crisis caused by the Saudi-led bombing of the country.
The military campaign was launched to oust Huthi rebels who control Sanaa and have links to Riyadh’s arch-foe, Iran.
The UN says about seven million people are believed to be on the brink of famine and a cholera outbreak in a conflict that has not discriminated between civilian and military casualties with incessant bombings claiming lives in an instant.
What the bombs don’t kill, lack of access to basic amenities like food and clean water kills off.