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Saudi aid to Taez arrives to besieged Yemeni city

The aid was granted from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center

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A Saudi aid dispatch consisting of 40 tons of medicine and food was dropped in the besieged Yemeni city of Taez on Wednesday, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Wednesday.

The aid included medicines, medical equipment and dry food “to break the siege imposed on parts of Taez province,” Abdullah al-Rabeeah, director of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, told the Saudi Press Agency.

The 600,000 residents of the southwestern city of Taez have been in dire need as Houthi rebels besiege the community defended by pro-government forces.

Many residents have taken to treacherous mountain paths to bring in goods. The United Nations said on December 18 that more than 100 trucks of food aid had arrived in Taez.

But local aid groups and sources close to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi said rebels seized the relief goods and distributed them in areas under their control.

In mid-December last year, a deal to immediately resume humanitarian aid to the flashpoint Yemeni city of Taez was agreed at peace talks between the warring sides in Switzerland.

(With AFP)