Trump calls on Saudis to immediately end Yemen blockade

Trump calls on Saudis to immediately end Yemen blockade

"There is no God but God and the martyr is a friend of God", they shouted in front of the Saleh mosque, the largest in the capital and named for the former president.

Ahmed Ali had been widely expected to leave the UAE, a key member of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis, for Yemen to help in the war amid media reports that some Saleh loyalists have been switching sides. It is reported that only five people attended the funeral. The Saudi-led coalition battling the rebels had thrown its support behind Saleh just hours before his death, as the longtime strongman's alliance with the rebels unraveled.

President Trump on Wednesday said he's directed his administration to push Saudi Arabia to completely lift a month-old blockade on war-torn Yemen.

The air strikes overnight struck government buildings, palaces and bridges, and people were now bracing themselves in case of more fighting or air strikes, McGoldrick said, describing the situation as "very uncertain times". Top Houthi officials called it high treason backed by their Saudi enemies.

In a televised speech, Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi called on Yemenis to rise up against the Iran-aligned Houthis.

Yemeni women held rare protests in Sanaa on Wednesday, demanding that the capital's rebel authorities hand over the body of slain ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The Houthi-controlled interior ministry distributed a video of dozens of seated barefoot men it said were pro-Saleh fighters detained in one of its party headquarters.

Street battles in the capital had stopped despite 25 air strikes overnight, United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said.

Dujarric, the U.N. spokesman, told reporters that U.N. special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told a closed meeting of the U.N. Security Council that the killing of Saleh and others was "an adverse development" that will "constitute a considerable change to the political dynamics in Yemen".

"Increased hostilities will further threaten civilian lives and exacerbate their suffering", he said in a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday. The council called the deteriorating humanitarian situation "dire", saying Yemen "stands at the brink of catastrophic starvation".

Saleh ruled Yemen for more than three decades until an Arab Spring uprising forced him to step down in 2012.