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Yemen humanitarian situation likely to worsen with Saleh death: Mattis

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FILE PHOTO: Yemen's then President Ali Abdullah Saleh gestures during a gathering of supporters in Sanaa February 20, 2011. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday that the killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh would, in the short term, likely worsen an already dire humanitarian situation in the country.

Saleh was killed in a roadside attack on Monday after switching sides in Yemen’s civil war, abandoning his Iran-aligned Houthi allies in favor of a Saudi-led coalition.

Coupled with a Saudi-led blockade and internal clashes, the stalemate has contributed to a human catastrophe. Some 7 million people are on the brink of famine, while one million are suspected to be infected with cholera.

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