Three planes carrying humanitarian aid and aid workers landed in Yemen's capital on Saturday, the first delivery to the war-torn nation in almost three weeks due to a blockade imposed by the Saudi-led coalition that controls the entry points.
"First plane landed in Sanaa this morning with humanitarian aid workers", Abeer Etefa, WFP regional spokeswoman told Reuters in an email on Saturday.
The airport in the capital of Sanaa will reopen to United Nations aircraft and the sea port of Hodeida will be able to receive urgent humanitarian aid, the coalition said in a statement. 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.
Unicef, the UN's children's fund, said its flight was carrying 15 tonnes, or 1.9 million doses, of vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus and other diseases.
Yemen's major needs include water pumps to help stem a massive cholera outbreak and fuel needed to transport food and goods.
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".
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The UN said in August that more than 20 million people are at risk from starvation in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and the northeast of Nigeria.
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.
Sources in Washington said that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had asked Saudi Arabia to ease its blockade of Yemen before the kingdom chose to do so.
The Saudi-led coalition has come under nearly daily pressure and expressions of concern from United Nations officials, some governments and advocacy groups who fear an already dire situation in a country largely depending on aid from overseas will worsen.
The conflict in Yemen pits Houthi rebels and forces loyal to Yemen's ousted president against the internationally recognized government and its main backer, the Saudi-led coalition.
The Yemen was has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than 2 million, caused a cholera epidemic that had affected almost 1 million people, and drove Yemen to the verge of starvation.