First food aid in weeks docks at rebel-held Yemen port: WFP

Lester Mason
November 28, 2017

"We are glad that the deliveries of goods were able to resume at Hudaydah, Saleef (seaports) and at Sanaa airport, but this is just a drop in the bucket", chief UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters at UN Headquarters in NY.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said three humanitarian flights landed and took off from the capital of Sanaa on Saturday, the first commercial cargo vessel docked in the port of Hodeida on Sunday, and a United Nations -chartered vessel docked at the port in Salif on Monday.

"With this blockade it's very hard to get supplies, and it's very hard to deliver those supplies to the health facilities or the clinics to people in need mainly because also there is no fuel", Rasha Muhrez, Save The Children's director of operations in Yemen, told Here & Now earlier this month.

Earlier in the day, the Nobel Women's Initiative, a group of Nobel peace laureates, had urged the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen to end the blockade on the Arab world's poorest country, citing the hardships it has caused.

Monday's shipment at Saleef alone will help "feed more than 1.8 million people for one month", Etefa said in a tweet announcing the arrival. More than 170 suspected diphtheria cases and at least 14 deaths in Ibb Governorate have been recorded since August.

At least four humanitarian flights on Saturday landed in the airport of Yemen's capital Sana'a, which is controlled by Houthi rebels, two days after the Saudi Arabia-led coalition lifted a blockade imposed on the airport. "And that's not the case now", he said.

Pressed by reporters on the question of who was impeding access, Dujarric said, "there are challenges pegged to the Saudi-led coalition".

And that staggering number was calculated even before the Saudis implemented the blockade in retaliation for an attempted Houthi missile strike on a Riyadh airport.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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