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4 Aid Airplanes Land in Sanaa

4 Aid Airplanes Land in Sanaa

Sunday, 26 November, 2017 - 08:00
Workers unload aid shipment from a plane at the Sanaa airport, Yemen November 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Four aid airplanes landed in Sanaa, Yemen, 12 hours after Saudi-led coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki confirmed that 82 permits had been issued for international aid and missions.

A UNICEF flight carrying 1.9 million doses of vaccines also landed in Sanaa, as the organizations's representative in Yemen, Meritxell Relano, tweeted on her official account.

Relano also indicated that cargo weighed over "15 tonnes of the most needed lifesaving Penta, BCG and PCV vaccines to protect about 600,000 children" from diphtheria, tetanus, and other diseases.

Three more aircraft carrying UN aid workers and International Red Cross staff also arrived in the city, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

The arrival of aid flights comes after the coalition announced it reopened the Red Sea port of Hodeidah and Sanaa's airport for urgent humanitarian aid only and UN aid and relief flights.

The airports were closed after Houthi militias fired an Iranian ballistic missile which was intercepted over Riyadh's international airport and entered into Yemen through Hodeidah port, according to the coalition.

The coalition announced that the closing of the airports was temporary hoping that it would prevent "the smuggling of weapons, ammunition, missile parts and cash that are regularly being supplied by Iran and Iranian accomplices to the Houthi rebels," the statement said.

“Since November 4th; there have been 82 permits issued to facilitate entry and aid distribution into Yemen: 40 permits through sea ports and 42 permits through airports,” said the spokesperson Maliki.

In related news, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed 4000 food baskets in Rahabah district in Marib governorate.

The move comes as an extension of over 161 projects carried out by the center along with 85 local and international partners in all Yemeni governorates. The center aims to provide all civilians with aid to alleviate their sufferings resulting from the ongoing crisis.

KSRelief also distributed 3000 food baskets as follows: 1220 baskets in five villages of Bab al-Mandeb, 500 baskets in al-Jadid center, Abido and al-Toyoor, 1130 baskets in six villages of al-Kadha, and 150 baskets in Mayyun island.

The distribution of the food baskets comes in the frame of distribution of 76,000 food baskets in Taiz.

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