Sunday, April 19, 2015

Red Cross Says Saudi-Led Coalition Preventing Aid Deliveries To Yemen

Red Cross Says Saudi-Led Coalition Preventing Aid Deliveries To Yemen
By Reuters

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Members of the Saudi-led coalition conducting air strikes in Yemen are preventing a Red Cross plane from delivering medical supplies in Sanaa, an spokeswoman at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the independent aid agency "called for the urgent removal of obstacles to the delivery to Yemen of vital medical supplies needed to treat casualties from a week of deadly clashes and air strikes".

"We still don't have the permission from coalition members," ICRC spokeswoman Sitara Jabeen told Reuters in Geneva, declining to specify which coalition authorities were responsible for the hold-up.

The aircraft, carrying enough medical supplies to treat from 700 to 1,000 wounded, is still in Djibouti, she said. It is due to fly to Amman, Jordan, to load supplies from an ICRC warehouse before flying to Sanaa, once guarantees are received.

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