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Pope Condemns Saudi War on Yemen before Landing in UAE

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By Staff, Agencies

Pope Francis landed in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, just hours after issuing his strongest condemnation yet of the Saudi war in Yemen, where his host has a leading military role.

Shortly before departing for Abu Dhabi, the Pope said he was following the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with great concern, using his regular Sunday address in Vatican City to urge all sides to implement a fragile peace deal and help deliver aid to millions of hungry people.

 “Let us pray strongly because they are children who are hungry, who are thirsty, they don’t have medicine and they are in danger of death,” he said before boarding his flight.

The UAE takes a leading part in the Saudi-led war against Yemen.

Meanwhile, the United Nations is trying to implement a truce and troop withdrawal deal in the main Yemeni port city of al-Hudaydah, agreed during the December talks as a step that could pave the way for negotiations to end the war.

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