NNA – (AP) A World Food Program ship carrying badly needed aid arrived in Yemen’s war-torn southern city of Aden on Tuesday, the first vessel chartered by the U.N. agency to be able to berth there since Saudi-led airstrikes on rebels in the country began in March.
In a statement, the WFP said the ship that arrived Tuesday carries 3,000 metric tons (3,300 tons) of food for people in contested southern governorates.
“This is a major breakthrough for our humanitarian response,” WFP regional director Muhannad Hadi said. “While we have been able to reach several southern areas by land, docking at the port of Aden allows us to accelerate our response to meet urgent needs.”
The group had tried repeatedly to send ships to Aden, but all had been previously blocked by severe fighting in the port area.
“If conditions remain safe enough, as they are now, we will be able to have other ships arrive safely and offload,” said Dina el-Kassaby, also of WFP.