At least 30 tonnes of medical equipment arrive in capital Sanaa, as UN warns of humanitarian crisis.
The first two planeloads of medical aid for Yemen have landed in the capital Sanaa after weeks of ongoing fighting, which the United Nations warned is pushing the country towards a humanitarian crisis.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said they finally landed two planes in Sanaa on Friday, carrying more than 30 tonnes of medical equipment, after days of delay.
Cedric Schweizer, head of the Red Cross delegation, told Al Jazeera that his organisation had been given security guarantees to distribute the aid around the country.
Schweizer said a surgical team had also arrived in the southern city of Aden, arriving at night by boat.
In a separate interview with Al Jazeera from Sanaa, Marie-Claire Feghali, a spokeswoman, said a second Red Cross plane carrying 32 tonnes of medical and humanitarian supplies is expected on Saturday.
Feghali said that the distribution of the medical supplies will also start on Saturday.
“The situation is not easy for the health workers and doctors,” she said, adding that at least three medical volunteers were killed in recent days while trying to retrieve those who were injured.
She also reported that in one hospital all ambulances were stolen, making it difficult to transport patients.
Meanwhile, Julien Harneis, a representative of UNICEF in Yemen, told Al Jazeera that he expects an “upsurge in malnutrition across the country” in the coming weeks.
“It was already a country where sixty percent of the country was living under the poverty line, that’s not going to get any better,” he said.

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