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Apr 10, 2015 7:00 AM

Planes with medical aid land in embattled Yemeni capital

The Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen (AP) Planes carrying badly needed medical aid have landed in Yemen's embattled capital, the first such deliveries by international organizations since a Saudi-led airstrikes campaign started over two weeks ago targeting Shiite rebels and their allies.

The International Committee for the Red Cross and the U.N. children's welfare agency, UNICEF, say two planes one from each organization landed Friday in Sanaa.

ICRC spokeswoman in Sanaa Marie Claire Feghali says the Red Cross plane delivered 16.4 tons (18 U.S. tons) of medical supplies that can treat up to 1,000 wounded.

UNICEF representative in Yemen Julien Harneis says the agency's 16 tons (17 U.S. tons) include medicines, medical equipment, nutrients for malnourished children and water supplies for about 80,000 people.


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