UNHCR delivers humanitarian relief in Yemen

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UNHCR delivers humanitarian relief in Yemen

The last plane carrying blankets, kitchen utensils and sleeping mats from stockpiles in Dubai arrived at Sana’a International Airport.

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Published: Mon 18 May 2015, 6:33 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:39 PM

Yemeni labourers unload the conent of an Emirati ship carrying 1,200 tonnes of food supply in Aden. -AFP 

Abu Dhabi - The last two of six United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) airplanes carrying urgently needed aid supplies, landed safely in Yemen on Monday, boosting relief stocks in the war-ravaged country, on the third day of the temporary humanitarian truce.

The last plane carrying blankets, kitchen utensils and sleeping mats from stockpiles in Dubai arrived at Sana’a International Airport. Together, the six flights brought in 150 metric tonnes of relief supplies into Sana’a, while more aid is on its way via Djibouti by sea, part of a larger aid effort underway for 250,000 people.

“The truce has enabled us to bring humanitarian assistance into Yemen. The UNHCR office works with partners to ensure that humanitarian aid reaches people affected by the conflict” said Nabil Othman, acting Regional Representative to the GCC Countries.

In the last few days, UNHCR and partners have moved and distributed aid for displaced communities in Sana’a, Amran, and Haradh (Hajjah governorate) in the north of Yemen, while aid from our Sana’a warehouse has been moved to Aden for distribution to some of the most vulnerable displaced people in the south. With local partners, UNHCR has also been reaching out to communities, carrying out new assessments to inform our aid distribution and identify urgent protection needs.

An estimated 450,000 Yemenis have been uprooted from their homes in the recent conflict, joining another 330,000 people, who were previously displaced. Some 250,000 mainly Somali refugees in Yemen have also been affected by hostilities. Another 29,000 people of mixed nationalities have fled Yemen to neighbouring countries.



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