Russia Sends Plane Carrying 'Humanitarian Aid' to Yemen

Published: 05th November 2015 09:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th November 2015 09:37 PM   |  A+A-


MOSCOW: Russia today sent a plane to rebel-controlled Yemen carrying what Moscow said was more than 20 tonnes of humanitarian aid for the conflict-torn country.

Russia's emergencies ministry said the Il-76 transported "23 tonnes of humanitarian aid" including food and tents to Yemen's capital Sanaa.

AFP journalists saw the plane at Sanaa airport -- which is controlled by Shiite Huthi rebels -- and were told it contained aid.

The plane was then set to fly back to the Russian capital Friday with some 75 people on board who wanted to quit the strife-torn city, the ministry said.

Russia last sent planes to Yemen's capital in July, with Moscow saying they had some 46 tonnes of aid.

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bombing the Iran-backed Huthis, has been identified by the United Nations as one of the world's worst, with 80 per cent of the country's population on the brink of famine.

Around 5,000 people have been killed in the conflict since March, more than half of them civilians, according to UN estimates.

The conflict in Yemen has pitched regional rivals Saudi Arabia against Iran. Russia is allied to Iran as the main backers of President Bashar al-Assad in the conflict in Syria.

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