First UN ‘mercy flight’ leaves Yemen’s rebel-held Sanaa

4 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

SANAA: Children in critical need of medical care were evacuated Monday from Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sanaa, in what the United Nations hopes will be the first of many mercy flights, reports AFP.

Seven young patients and their families had gathered at Sanaa airport, closed to commercial flights since 2016, clutching their transport documents for the trip to Amman. “This is the first of what we hope and believe will be many flights,” said UN Resident Coordinator for Yemen Lise Grande.

“It’s a very important day, it’s a day of hope. It shows that everyone wants the people who need help to get that help,” she told reporters.