Saudi coalition OKs resumption of United Nations flights to Yemen

Nov 26, 2017, 01:07
Saudi coalition OKs resumption of United Nations flights to Yemen

Two planes carrying critically needed aid arrived Saturday in war-torn Yemen, among the first such aid to arrive since Saudi Arabia imposed a blockade of the country in early November.

The United Nations Security Council on November 9 called for the blockade to be lifted, warning that otherwise Yemen would face "the largest starvation the world has seen for decades".

"Humanitarian aid alone can not resolve the issue in Yemen right now", said International Rescue Committee director Paolo Cernuschi."It can not meet all the needs of the Yemeni population".

The Saudi-led coalition that has imposed an air, sea and land blockade on war-battered Yemen since November 6 has authorized the resumption of United Nations flights to the Yemeni capital starting Saturday, a United Nations aid official said.

The Saudi-led coalition spokesperson said that permits were issued for humanitarian aid naval shipments as well, however, officials at the port reported on Saturday that no ships have yet arrived.

More news: Country music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis dead at 85

"We're of course encouraged by the clearance of this flight which may be followed soon by clearances of flights from Djibouti to Sanaa", Laerke told a news briefing on Friday.

"We look forward to additional steps that will facilitate the unfettered flow of humanitarian and commercial goods from all ports of entry to the points of need", the White House said in a statement.

"We are particularly talking about one ship which is offshore Hodeidah with wheat from WFP (the U.N. World Food Programme) and another boat which is waiting in Djibouti with cholera supplies and that is also destined for Hodeidah", he said.

"This will further increase the vulnerability of millions of Yemenis with limited access to clean water and threatens to reverse gains made in combating cholera", the United Nations aid agency OCHA added.

On Nov. 16, OCHA said the blocking of fuel imports would lead to the running out of petrol in local markets in 10 days.

More news: Hillary Clinton questions 'legitimacy' of Trump's victory in 2016 election

UNICEF is also waiting to send vaccines, aid sources said.

Critics had warned that the blockade could lead to thousands of otherwise preventable deaths but said today that the plane's arrival was not enough.

The coalition had said it would lift its blockade of the port from Thursday but it remains in place.

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.

More news: Sprint will start offering Hulu to its Unlimited Freedom customers

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have a new baby on the way

    Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have a new baby on the way

    In some very happy, very cute news, Chrissy Teigen is pregnant with her second child with husband John Legend . Teigen, never known for holding back , has been public about her desire for a second child recently.
    Blood pressure guidelines tougher, more people to be diagnosed

    Blood pressure guidelines tougher, more people to be diagnosed

    The changes were announced at the American Heart Association's 2017 Scientific Sessions conference in Anaheim, California. The AHA says the new guidelines are created to help people address the potentially deadly condition much earlier.
    Every Way Taylor Swift Claps Back at Kanye West on 'Reputation'

    Every Way Taylor Swift Claps Back at Kanye West on 'Reputation'

    Reputation , Swift's first studio album in three years, marks another transformation in image for the country-turned-pop star. Both have talked about this incident repeatedly, but it all seemed hunky-dory when they were spotted talking at the Grammys .
  • Fort Bragg sees number of reported sexual assaults grow

    Fort Bragg sees number of reported sexual assaults grow

    For example, the rate for active duty women dropped from 6.1 percent in 2012 to 4.3 percent in 2016. The Air Force and Navy were the only two that recorded an increase in reports.
    UCLA basketball players to speak at news conference on campus this morning

    UCLA basketball players to speak at news conference on campus this morning

    The players were not allowed to play in the game after they were arrested or return to the United States with the team. Ball's father, LaVar, said in a statement on social media that the process could take months.
    People are destroying coffee machines after Sean Hannity's interview with Roy Moore

    People are destroying coffee machines after Sean Hannity's interview with Roy Moore

    Hannity had propagated a widely discredited theory that Rich was shot and killed because he had supplied DNC emails to WikiLeaks. Where's the justice? Amplifying those messages along with Hannity were Russian-linked social media accounts.
  • Uber admits to covering up cyberattack that affected 57 million users

    Uber admits to covering up cyberattack that affected 57 million users

    According to a company statement , Uber is offering free credit monitoring protection for its drivers, but not affected customers. Tech Crunch also added that Uber could face problems in their home state of California for the attempted data breach cover up.

    Sessions mulling second special counsel to investigate Republican concerns, letter shows

    Since Mueller's probe began, numerous Trump advisors have acknowledged interactions with Russian intermediaries. Mr Page's trip has drawn scrutiny in inquiries into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
    Alibaba racks up $35b in Singles' Day sales

    Alibaba racks up $35b in Singles' Day sales

    But JD.com, reporting 11.11 figures for the first time, generated 127.1 billion RMB in revenue, or $19.14 billion. The day was unremarkable until 2009, when Alibaba turned the occasion into an online shopping festival.
  • Lebanon FM refuses to attend Arab summit on Iran

    Lebanon FM refuses to attend Arab summit on Iran

    Tehran dismissed on Monday the Arab League's statement, saying it was "worthless", the ISNA news agency reported. A source close to Hariri said that meeting aimed to "continue the series of Arab and global consultations".
    Texas driver's anti-Trump sticker causes stir

    Texas driver's anti-Trump sticker causes stir

    The owner of the truck was soon revealed to be Karen Forsenca, a mother of 12 (!) who adamantly refuses to alter her vehicle. In response to the critics, Nehls posted the disorderly conduct law.
    Mariah Carey's security guard claims she sexually harassed him

    Mariah Carey's security guard claims she sexually harassed him

    Mariah Carey is escorted by her ex-security guard Michael Anello at her hotel in London after her concert in Birmingham in 2016. In his complaint, he says that Mariah Carey had engaged " in sexual acts with the intent that they may be seen by [him] ".
popular