Saudi-led military coalition authorizes resumption of UN flights to Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition that has imposed an air, sea and land blockade on Yemen since November 6 has authorized the resumption of UN flights to the Yemeni capital starting on Saturday, the UN said. Passenger flights from the Jordanian capital, Amman, to Sanaa in Yemen “may be followed soon by clearances of flights from Djibouti to Sanaa,” spokesman Jens Laerke of UN humanitarian aid coordination agency OCHA said on Friday. It was not clear what items might be on the flight, AP reports. “Thankfully we are starting to see some movement,” he said, adding that the UN has seen “no substantial change” in its efforts to reach Yemen by sea. The country is currently in urgent need of supplies, including water pumps to help stem a massive cholera outbreak, and fuel needed to transport food and goods.