United Nations aid workers return to Yemen after weeks

United Nations aid workers return to Yemen after weeks

On Wednesday, the coalition said it would allow humanitarian aid into Yemen through Sana'a airport and the western port of Hodeida.

An estimated 17 millions of Yemen's 27 million people are suffering from food insecurity as a civil war has dragged on for three years. The airport in the capital of Sanaa would reopen to United Nations aircraft and the sea port of Hodeida would be able to receive urgent humanitarian aid, the coalition statement said.

The UN children's fund UNICEF said Saturday's flight was carrying more than 15 tonnes, or 1.9 million doses, of vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and other preventable diseases.

Airport director Khaled Al Shayef said that apart from the vaccinations shipment a flight carrying eight employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross had also landed.

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The Arab Coalition in Yemen announced on Friday that 42 permits were issued for ships and relief aircrafts.

According to the White House, the Houthi rebels, backed by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, have used destabilizing missile systems to target Saudi Arabia-systems that were not present in Yemen before the conflict.

Officials at the port said on Saturday that no ships have arrived yet and they were not expecting any to dock soon.

"We're monitoring these developments", United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq said in NY on news that Saudi will ease the blockade.

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The coalition closed air, land and sea access in a move it said was to stop the flow of arms to the Houthis, who control much of northern Yemen, from Iran.

On November 6, Saudi Arabia imposed a blockade on Yemen as a response to a missile launch from its territory in a bid to prevent the transfer of military goods to the Houthis, as the kingdom accused Iran of supplying Yemeni rebels with short-range ballistic missiles.

OCHA said in its latest report on Thursday that Yemeni fuel importing companies "will not be able to supply local markets at the end of this week".

Airstrikes and ground fighting have left more than 10,000 people dead and driven 3 million from their homes since the coalition intervened in the war between forces loyal to President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebels.

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The Yemen was has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than 2 million, caused a cholera epidemic that had affected almost 1 million people, and drove Yemen to the verge of starvation.

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