UN aid work­ers reach Ye­men

The Sunday Guardian - - World - REUTERS

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.

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