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Pope calls for ending bloodshed in Yemen

Rome, Pope Francis on Sunday urged the international community to mediate ending the conflict in Yemen which has claimed the lives of thousands of people.

In public remarks Sunday, Francis said he was following 'with worry the dramatic fate of the people of Yemen, already so exhausted from years of conflict,' AP reported.

He appealed to the international community so that 'no effort be spared to urgently bring to the negotiating table the sides in conflict and to avoid a worsening of the already tragic humanitarian situation.'

The Saudi-led invasion, which waged a war on Yemen over the past three years, has recently started a major attack with the support of the US on Al Hudaida Port, located on the coast of Red Sea. The population of the area is 600,000, and the UN has asked the two sides to save the civilians.

The port is the main entry point for food and aid to the country, which is already on the brink of famine.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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