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First ‘Mercy Flight’ Leaves Yemen’s Sanaa with Children Onboard

First ‘Mercy Flight’ Leaves Yemen’s Sanaa with Children Onboard
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By Staff, Agencies

Yemeni children in critical need of medical care were evacuated Monday from the capital Sanaa as part of an air corridor referred to by the UN as ‘mercy flight’.

Seven young patients and their relatives flew out of Sanaa airport, which a Saudi-led coalition of aggression against the country has forced its closure in front of commercial flights since 2016.

The UN-marked plane landed in the Jordanian capital Amman, where passengers were placed in buses which immediately ferried them to hospitals, an AFP photographer said.

The move was a good measure in the course of the five-year war, which has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions in what the UN says is the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The launch of the "air bridge" could be a step towards fully reopening Sanaa airport, an issue being pursued in UN-led mediation.