Aid "breakthrough" in Yemen

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Girls fetching water in Mawyah district, Taizz. This role often falls on the shoulders of girls and young women, often at the expense of their education. Credit: OCHA

Life-saving aid has reached the embattled governorate of Taizz in Yemen, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported on Wednesday.

UNHCR said 13 of its trucks laden with blankets, mattresses and other relief items arrived there on Sunday.

For months, the agency has been advocating for regular and sustained access.

The UN estimates that four out of five Yemenis require aid as a result of the year-long conflict pitting forces loyal to the President, against Houthi rebels.

Carmen Cuesta Roca has the story.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) described the convoy's arrival as a "breakthrough."

This marked the first time its trucks were able to travel all the way from the port city of Aden, in eastern Yemen, to Taizz, which is located in the highlands of the country's southwest.

Key roads into the city reopened last week after being blocked for nine months.

The aid items will be distributed to 500 displaced people, local families and returnees.

UNHCR reports that Taizz governorate is sheltering more than 550,000 internally displaced people, the biggest such concentration in the country.

That's almost one-quarter of the 2.4 million people displaced throughout Yemen, according to the agency.

Carmen Cuesta Roca, United Nations.

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