Red Cross, UNICEF Planes Deliver Medical Aid to Yemen

After Over a Week, Saudis Finally Allow Limited Aid

After over a week of blocking all aid flights into Yemen, Saudi Arabia finally allowed two flights into Sanaa, one from the Red Cross and another from UNICEF.

Two planes loaded with medical aid will barely put a dent in the humanitarian crisis across Yemen since the Saudi war began, and will do nothing about the growing food shortages for the nation, which generally imports some 90% of its food.

The Saudis apparently aren’t particularly patient even with this limited aid either, with the UN unsuccessfully trying to convince the Saudis to give them more time to evacuate foreigners on the planes.

The Saudi coalition has insisted they will handle humanitarian aid to the country, but only once they are convinced the aid won’t hinder their ongoing war, aimed at reinstalling former President Abd-Rabu Mansour Hadi.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of