A flight carrying humanitarian aid workers landed in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Saturday, the first after a almost three week blockade imposed by the Saudi-led military coalition, an official of the U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP) said.
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 almost three-week-old blockade that caused an global outcry.
Worldwide aid groups describe Yemen as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with millions at risk of starvation.
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. Before the crisis began, between 80% and 90% of food imports entered through the port at Hodeida and Sanaa's airport, according to Jens Laerke, for the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
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Millions in Yemen are at immediate risk if food aid and the supply of fuel for pumping clean water are interrupted, he said.
Officials at the port said on Saturday that no ships have arrived yet and they were not expecting any to dock soon.
The U.S. -backed coalition closed air, land and sea access on November 6, in a move it said was to stop the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran.
The White House made a statement that it looks forward to additional steps that will facilitate the flow of humanitarian and commercial goods from all ports of entry.
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Since Nov. 6, the United Nations and worldwide aid agencies have repeatedly urged the coalition to lift the Yemen blockade.
The missile was intercepted near Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport, sparking a war of words between Tehran and Riyadh, which accused Iran of "direct aggression" and supplying arms to the Houthis.
On Thursday, Qatar's foreign minister attacked Saudi Arabia over what he called a "humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen".
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
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United Nations officials say Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, is facing the world's worst cholera outbreak, near starvation conditions in some parts and a severe breakdown of the healthcare system.