UN aid workers reach Yemen
Humanitarian aid workers and medical supplies began to arrive in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Saturday, UN officials said, after the easing of a nearly threeweek-old military blockade that caused an international outcry. International aid groups have welcomed the decision to let aid in. About 7 million people face famine in Yemen and their survival depends on international assistance.
“First plane landed in Sanaa this morning with humanitarian aid workers,” said WFP’s regional spokeswoman Abeer Etefa, while officials at Sanaa airport said two other UN flights had arrived on Saturday.
The United Nations children’s fund (UNICEF) said one flight carried “over 15 tonnes” of vaccines that will cover some 600,000 children against diphtheria, tetanus and other diseases.
The Saudi-led coalition fighting the armed Houthi movement in Yemen said on Wednesday it would allow aid in through the Red Sea ports of Hodeidah and Salif, as well as UN flights to Sanaa, A spokesman for the US-backed coalition said in a statement issued on Friday that 82 permits have been issued for international aid missions since 4 November, both for the Sanaa airport and Hodeidah.