Pope Francis on Sunday called for urgent “respect” for a ceasefire accord in Yemen to allow humanitarian aid through in the conflict-weary country. “I appeal to all parties concerned and to the international community to allow the urgent respect of established accords to ensure the distribution of food and to work for the good of the population,” said the pope. “I am following the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with great concern,” he added. The pope was speaking before embarking on a historic three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the first by a pope to the Arabian Peninsula. “The population is exhausted by the lengthy conflict and a great many children are suffering from hunger, but cannot access food depots. “The cry of these children and their parents rises up to God,” he said, calling on the gathering to pray for Yemen. Yemen’s rebels have been locked in a war against government forces backed since 2015 by a Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE. World’s worst hum...

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