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Saudi defense minister orders aid delivery to Yemen

A second Saudi military plane loaded with aid arrived in Aden Thursday

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Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - who is also the kingdom's defense minister - ordered the delivery of cargo planes carrying humanitarian goods to Yemen’s government-held southern city of Aden, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Thursday.

The deputy crown prince issued the order following directions from King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Meanwhile, a second Saudi military plane loaded with 20 tonnes of humanitarian aid arrived in the newly-reopened airport of Aden on Thursday, according to Al Arabiya’s correspondent.

On Wednesday, a Saudi aircraft landed in Aden becoming the first plane to reach the port city in four months.

The delivery planes belong to the Royal Saudi Air Force.

They aim at bringing much-needed relief to Yemeni citizens who have been suffering from the violations of the Iranian-backed Houthi militias.

Some 12.9 million people in Yemen are either "food insecure" or "severely food insecure," according to World Food Program (WFP) estimates.