Vaccines and aid workers arrive by plane in Yemen after blockade

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In a joint statement on November 16, the heads of Unicef, World Food Programme and the World Health Organisation warned that "more than 20 million people, including over 11 million children, are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance". The UN humanitarian affairs office said desperately needed shipments of food and medical supplies were unable to arrive at the Red Sea port of Hodeida, which remains blocked.

Humanitarian aid deliveries have been resumed after Saudi authorities informed the UN on Friday that they would allow civilian flights operated by the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) to arrive in the Yemeni capital beginning Saturday.

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Nasruddin Amer said bin Salman has recently threatened that the Riyadh-led aggression against Yemen would not stop and that the Saudi regime will not allow "another Hezbollah" to be formed in Yemen.

The International Committee of the Red Cross landed a passenger flight at Sanaa on Wednesday, spokesman Ewan Watson told AFP.

McGoldrick said that a flight carrying vaccines, sufficient to begin vaccinations of about one million children, is expected to land in Sanaa over the weekend.

"That includes issuing clearance for a ship today [Rena], carrying 5,500 Metric Tonnes of food supplies, to the port of Hodeidah", coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al Maliki said in a statement issued in a status update published by the Saudi embassy in Washington.

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The port of Salef is also expected to reopen, deputy United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq said in NY, citing information that United Nations humanitarian and political officials had received from their Saudi counterparts.

Saudi Arabia tightened a blockade on Yemen earlier this month after Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the country fired a rocket deep into the conservative Sunni Muslim country.

Sources in Washington said that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had asked Saudi Arabia to ease its blockade of Yemen before the kingdom made a decision to do so.

Airstrikes and ground fighting have left more than 10,000 people dead and driven 3 million from their homes since the coalition intervened in the war between forces loyal to President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebels.

There have been reports that three have died of diphtheria in the town in the last week.

United Nations officials say Yemen is facing the world's largest cholera outbreak, near-famine conditions in places, and a severe breakdown in the health care system in what was already the Arab world's poorest country — adding up to the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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