Red Cross plane flies more aid to Yemen

2015-04-11 10:01
Shi’ite rebels, known as Houthis, gather during a protest against Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen.

Shi’ite rebels, known as Houthis, gather during a protest against Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen. (Hani Mohammed)

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Sana'a - A Red Cross plane loaded with medical aid landed in Sana'a on Saturday, the second successive day of such deliveries to the capital of conflict-hit Yemen.

The aircraft was carrying supplies the International Committee of the Red Cross says are urgently needed to treat the wounded after intense fighting between Shi'ite rebels and loyalists of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

Red Cross spokesperson Marie Claire Feghali said: "The new cargo is 35.6 tons, of which 32 tons is medical aid and the rest water purifying equipment, electric power generators and tents."

The ICRC and UN each sent planes to Sanaa on Friday carrying 16 tons of medicine and equipment, the first supplies to reach the capital since a Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes against the rebels late last month.

Ongoing battles

The United Nations has since called for a daily "humanitarian pause" of a few hours required to deliver aid shipments to the conflict-ravaged country.

Two humanitarian aid boats on Wednesday arrived in the main southern city of Aden carrying supplies and personnel destined for people trapped by and wounded in ongoing battles.

The Iran-backed Huthi Shi'ite rebels have seized swathes of territory in Yemen since they entered Sanaa last September, forcing the government to flee.

Yemen has slid deeper into turmoil since the Saudi-led air campaign began on 26 March to push back the rebels' advance after they forced President Hadi to flee the Arabian Peninsula country.

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