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Medical aid arrives in Yemen capital amid turmoil

International Committee of the Red Cross workers unload a plane carrying relief supplies at the airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday. (Associated Press)
International Committee of the Red Cross workers unload a plane carrying relief supplies at the airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday. (Associated Press)

SANAA, Yemen – A plane loaded with badly needed medical aid landed in Yemen’s rebel-held capital, Sanaa, on Saturday.

Photos posted on the official Twitter account of the International Committee of the Red Cross showed aid workers unloading the supplies. The group said the shipment consists of more than 35 tons of medical aid, generators and emergency sanitation equipment.

The first such delivery to the capital since the airstrikes began more than two weeks ago landed on Friday. Saturday’s shipment was more than double the size of the previous one.

The Saudi-led coalition has imposed a virtual air and sea blockade on Yemen to prevent the Houthis and their allies – loyalists of former autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh – from rearming.

Aid groups say they are struggling to cope with rising casualty numbers and shrinking food and fuel supplies. A smaller aid delivery arrived in the southern port city of Aden by boat earlier in the week.

Associated Press

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