Children participate in an anti-Saudi protest outside the United Nations headquarters in Sanaa May 14, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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A top member of Iran's parliament called Saudi Arabia's King Salman a traitor to Islam on Thursday, a sharp escalation in rhetoric over Riyadh's airstrikes against an Iranian-allied militia that has seized much of neighboring Yemen.Although a five-day humanitarian truce was largely holding, and aid was getting to some of the millions of Yemenis deprived of food, fuel and medicine, tensions were also mounting over an Iranian relief ship, which Saudi Arabia insisted on inspecting.The Saudi-led coalition has imposed an air and maritime blockade to stop weapons supplies reaching the Houthis and their allies, but Iran said it would not let the Saudis inspect an aid shipment it had sent towards Yemen.Since Saturday, about 8 percent of the 5 million liters of fuel needed to distribute aid each month had arrived in Yemen.Saudi Arabia and the Houthis have each accused the other of violating the truce.Late on Wednesday, 24 hours after it began, Saudi Arabia said the Houthis had fired on the Saudi border and were continuing to fight inside Yemen, but that it would not resume airstrikes yet.
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