A homeless Yemeni man is seen on a street in Sanaa, Yemen November 24, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
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The United States Friday welcomed a "first step" by Saudi Arabia to allow humanitarian aid to reach Yemen and called for negotiations on the country's conflict.The coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen said Wednesday it would allow aid in through the Red Sea ports of Hudaida and Salif, as well as U.N. flights to Sanaa, more than two weeks after blockading the country.About 7 million people face famine in Yemen and their survival is vitally dependent on international assistance.A U.N. spokesman said the Saudi-led coalition had given the United Nations permission to resume flights of aid workers to the Houthi-controlled capital Saturday, but not to dock ships loaded with wheat and medical supplies.
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