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Congressional Democrats Call on Biden to Lift Yemen Blockade

A group of over 70 House Democrats sent a letter to President Biden urging him to pressure Saudi Arabia into lifting the blockade on Yemen as the UN is warning 400,000 Yemeni children under the age of five will starve to death if conditions don’t change.

The letter was led by Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI). The lawmakers said the president should demand an end to the blockade “independently” of the ongoing negotiations between Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Houthis, although ending the embargo would jump-start the peace talks since it is a key Houthi demand for a ceasefire.

“We ask you take additional steps to publicly pressure Saudi Arabia to lift this blockade immediately, unilaterally, and comprehensively,” the letter reads. “This must include guaranteeing that humanitarian and commercial imports can freely enter Yemen; entrusting security oversight to the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen (UNVIM); fully permitting flights in and out of Sana’a airport; and ensuring that crossings for commercial and civilian traffic are permanently opened.”