Published on May 4, 2015
A top UN official has called for the safe and reliable access of aid groups to war-ravaged Yemen. The UN relief coordinator for Yemen says aid agencies are unable to bring in staff, vital medical supplies and other life-saving assistance due to relentless Saudi airstrikes. Johannes van der Klaauw called the Sana’a airport an essential lifeline to reach affected Yemenis. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Saudi warplanes have targeted the runways at the airport, making them in-operable. Last week, an Iranian plane carrying medicine to Yemen was forced to return after Saudi fighter jets bombarded the Sana’a airport’s runway. During the attack, a plane belonging to a Yemeni airliner caught fire.