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United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien (right) speaks to the mother of a malnourished child at a malnutrition treatment center in Sanaa, Yemen March 2, 2017. — Reuters picUnited Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien (right) speaks to the mother of a malnourished child at a malnutrition treatment center in Sanaa, Yemen March 2, 2017. — Reuters picGENEVA, March 4 — The UN health agency today said it had delivered eight tonnes of medications to hospitals in the third largest city under siege in Yemen’s war.

It marked the first time since the start of the conflict that the United Nations negotiated access by direct route to Taiz, crossing Yemen’s frontline to distribute the vital medical supplies, the World Health Organisation said in a statement.

“The truck arrived in Taiz City yesterday. The medicines have been distributed to hospitals today,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told AFP.

More than 350,000 people are in need of urgent medical aid in Taiz, where pro-government forces are fighting back a rebel assault, the Geneva-based agency said.

Jasarevic added that previously the UN had only been able to get some medical supplies to Taiz via smaller, side roads in the war-ravaged country.

Yemen this month marks two years since a Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened in support of government troops in the conflict. 

UN mediation efforts and seven ceasefire accords have failed to end the war, which has left more than 7,500 dead and 40,000 people wounded. — AFP

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