A ship carrying 5,500 tonnes of flour is docked at the Red Sea port of Hudaida, Yemen November 26, 2017. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad
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The White House said Thursday it believed that Saudi Arabia would allow a blocked port in Yemen to open after President Donald Trump urged Riyadh to lift a blockade to let humanitarian aid reach the Yemeni people.The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Iran-aligned armed Houthi movement in Yemen's civil war started blockading ports a month ago after Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired toward its capital Riyadh from Yemen.McGoldrick said there were 15 ships, carrying mainly food and fuel, waiting to enter the Yemeni ports of Hodeidah and Salif.A Reuters analysis of port and ship tracking data has shown that no fuel shipments have reached Yemen's largest port for a month.
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