3 planes carrying humanitarian aid and aid workers landed in Yemen’s capital on Saturday, the first delivery to the war-torn nation in nearly three weeks due to a blockade imposed by the Saudi-led coalition that controls the entry points.
Aid shipments were awaiting delivery for several days in advance, after Saudi leaders agreed on Wednesday to lift the blockade. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that despite the approval, they weren’t given the green light to enter Yemen until late Friday night, reports The Guardian.
The World Food Program, the World Health Organization and UNICEF warned that the blockade of humanitarian services would cause conditions in Yemen to deteriorate rapidly. Around seven million people are at risk of famine in Yemen, and at least one million children are exposed to a recent outbreak of both diphtheria and cholera.