Trump demands Saudis allow aid into Yemen 'immediately'

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Few local media reports have stated Houthi rebels had gained control of the majority of the country's capital from Saleh's forces.

The coalition bombed Saleh's residence and other houses of his family members, Yemen's pro-Houthi al-Masirah television station said.

The Arabian peninsula's poorest country, Yemen is one of the most violent fronts in a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, who have also backed opposing sides in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere across the Middle East.

Following Saleh's death, the Saudi-led coalition was reported to have blitzed Sanaa with an intensified campaign of airstrikes.

Trump's call comes a day after United Nations called for a "humanitarian" stop to to airstrikes and fighting in Yemen, in order to to allow for the delivery of aid to civilians trapped in the capital Sanaa.

The head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard says a plot against Yemen's Shiite rebels was "nipped in the bud", apparently referring to the killing of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. "He got what he deserved", Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Iran's supreme leader, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

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Air raids also struck northern provinces including Taiz, Haja, Midi and Saada, the rebel-owned channel said, although there was no immediate word on casualties. Witnesses said the bodies of slain civilians and fighters littered the streets as ambulances were unable to reach them.

The ICRC said on Tuesday that another 400 people have been wounded in the clashes, which first erupted last week as the alliance between the rebels and Saleh's followers crumbled. That seems to have pushed Saleh into flirting with the coalition, ultimately leading to the breakdown of the rebel alliance.

Steve Purbrick, MSF's coordinator in Hajja, described the attack as a "deliberate disregard for medical facilities" that endangered the lives of patients and medical staff, and compromised "the care MSF can provide in the midst of intense fighting".

Saleh's oldest son meanwhile pledged in a declaration sent to Reuters to fight the Houthis and liberate all territory held by the rebels.

Saleh's body, which had appeared in a video by the militias with a gaping head wound, was taken to a rebel-controlled military hospital.

Saleh's slaying likely gives the rebels the upper hand in the dayslong fighting for the country's capital, Sanaa. That helped propel Yemen into the ruinous civil war that has spread hunger and disease among its 28 million people.

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