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US President calls on Saudi Arabia to allow aid into Yemen

US President Donald Trump has called on Saudi Arabia to allow humanitarian aid into Yemen, as conflict in the country has left millions at the risk of famine.

Saudi Arabia must “completely allow food, fuel, water and medicine to reach the Yemeni people who desperately need it,” said Mr Trump adding that it “must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately”.

His call comes after the United Nations Security Council said this week that Yemen “stands on the brink of a catastrophic famine.”

Commenting on the US president’s statement, Scott Paul, humanitarian policy lead at Oxfam America, said it was “long overdue but hugely important”. Mr Paul warned that millions of people could die in an “historic famine” if the Saudi blockade did not end.

See more from the New York Times here.