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Yemen: First humanitarian aid planes arrive in Sanaa00:53

Yemen: First humanitarian aid planes arrive in Sanaa

Yemen, Sanaa
May 14, 2015 at 12:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Several planes packed with food stuffs, medicine and fuel landed at Sanaa's airport Thursday, as relief agencies took advantage of the newly implemented ceasefire that came into effect at 23:00 local time on Wednesday. Among the agencies seen unloading aid was Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

The current truce marks the first ceasefire since the Saudi-led campaign of airstrikes against the Houthis began on March 26. Both sides have warned that any breach would result in the end of the ceasefire and a full military response.

Reports indicate that the five-day truce has mainly held so far, with humanitarian aid entering Yemen by plane from the United Arab Emirates and truckloads of diesel successfully arriving from Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

Some 300,000 civilians have been displaced during the conflict, with an added 27,000 people of various nationalities fleeing Yemen since the Saudi-led bombing campaign started, according to UN figures. The Saudi-led coalition, which seeks to restore the government of former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and fight against the Houthi rebels, includes eight other Arab states and is receiving logistical support from the United States, Britain and France. UN figures report that over 1,500 Yemenis have been killed since the start of the campaign.

Yemen: First humanitarian aid planes arrive in Sanaa00:53
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Several planes packed with food stuffs, medicine and fuel landed at Sanaa's airport Thursday, as relief agencies took advantage of the newly implemented ceasefire that came into effect at 23:00 local time on Wednesday. Among the agencies seen unloading aid was Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

The current truce marks the first ceasefire since the Saudi-led campaign of airstrikes against the Houthis began on March 26. Both sides have warned that any breach would result in the end of the ceasefire and a full military response.

Reports indicate that the five-day truce has mainly held so far, with humanitarian aid entering Yemen by plane from the United Arab Emirates and truckloads of diesel successfully arriving from Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

Some 300,000 civilians have been displaced during the conflict, with an added 27,000 people of various nationalities fleeing Yemen since the Saudi-led bombing campaign started, according to UN figures. The Saudi-led coalition, which seeks to restore the government of former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and fight against the Houthi rebels, includes eight other Arab states and is receiving logistical support from the United States, Britain and France. UN figures report that over 1,500 Yemenis have been killed since the start of the campaign.

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