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    First UN Aid Vessel Arrives in Yemen Amid Saudi-Led Blockade

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    A source from the Yemeni Hudaydah port told Sputnik on Sunday that the UN ship has delivered about 5,500 tonnes of flour.

    SANAA (Sputnik) — The Saudi-Led coalition has opened access to the ports of Sanaa airport, Hudaydah and Salif sea ports for the humanitarian aid deliveries amid UN calls for the lifting of the blockade. On Thursday, the coalition did not allow three UN aircraft to land at Sanaa, but on Saturday the permission was given to the aircraft to land.

    On November 6, the coalition, supporting one of the sides in the Yemeni internal conflict, announced a blockade of all land, sea and air ports in the country after a ballistic missile was fired at the direction of Riyadh from Yemen. The missile was intercepted by Saudi air defense systems.

    UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock warned soon after the blockade was introduced that millions could die in Yemen from hunger if the Saudi-led alliance did not allow humanitarian aid to have access to the country.

    Yemen has been in the grip of a civil war since 2015. The internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, supported by the Saudi-led coalition, is fighting the Houthi movement backed by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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