Members of the Saudi-led coalition conducting air strikes in Yemen are preventing a Red Cross plane carrying medical aid from landing in Sanaa, a spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday.
Medical supplies were due to arrive by plane on Tuesday for distribution to hospitals across the country that are running low on the means to treat the war wounded.
So far, efforts to negotiate the safe arrival of the plane have not been successful
The Daily Star reports: In a statement, the independent aid agency “called for the urgent removal of obstacles to the delivery to Yemen of vital medical supplies needed to treat casualties from a week of deadly clashes and airstrikes.”
“We still don’t have the permission from coalition members,” ICRC spokeswoman Sitara Jabeen told Reuters in Geneva, declining to specify which coalition authorities were responsible for the hold-up.
The aircraft, carrying enough medical supplies to treat from 700 to 1,000 wounded, is still in Djibouti, she said. It is due to fly to Amman, Jordan to load supplies from an ICRC warehouse before flying to Sanaa, once guarantees are received.
“So far efforts to negotiate the safe arrival of the plane have not been successful,” the statement said, adding that supplies for treating the war wounded are running low at hospitals across Yemen.