First medical aid shipment arrives in Yemen

The boat carried 2.5 tons of medicine, according to MSF head of mission in Yemen Marie-Elisabeth Ingres

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The first shipment of medical aid to Yemen since the beginning of a Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels docked in Aden on Wednesday, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres.

The boat carried 2.5 tons of medicine and MSF head of mission in Yemen Marie-Elisabeth Ingres said that the ship set sail from Djibouti and is intended for a hospital in Aden.

She emphasized concern about how the supplies will be transported, given the chaos on Yemen’s streets.

Street fighting has intensified around the hospital, Ingres told reporters, while electricity and water supplies are said to be sketchy.

On Tuesday, the Red Cross stated that a cargo plane with 17 tons of medical supplies was awaiting a green light in Jordan while Human Rights Watch said witnesses claimed that Houthi rebels had this week fired into civilian crowds in the cities of Taiz and Torba.

“Yemen’s spiraling conflict is causing a calamitous breakdown in law and order,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Security forces in control, whatever side they are on, have responsibilities to uphold and protect people's rights and to take action against their members who commit abuses.”

Meanwhile, the United States has stepped up weapons deliveries in support of a Saudi-led coalition resisting the advance of Houthi rebels, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.

(With Reuters and the Associated Press)

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