July 2, 2015 / 11:30 PM / in 3 years

U.S. calls for Ramadan pause in Yemen conflict

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Thursday called for a “humanitarian pause” in the conflict in Yemen during Ramadan.

People search for survivors under the rubble of the collapsed house of Yemen's late prime minister Faraj Bin Ghanim after it was hit by a Saudi-led air strike in Sanaa July 2, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

“A pause ... would allow international aid organizations to deliver urgently needed food, medicine, and fuel to citizens throughout Yemen,” it said in a statement.

The United Nations on Wednesday had designated the war in Yemen as a Level 3 humanitarian crisis, its most severe category.

Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Kevin Krolicki

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