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U.S. welcomes offloading of humanitarian aid in Yemen's Hodeidah

From Reuters - February 9, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday welcomed reports that four U.S.-funded cranes operated by the United Nations World Food Programme were unloading supplies in Yemens Houthi-controlled Hodeidah port.

The United Nations said last month the four mobile cranes had arrived at Hodeidah after a Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-aligned Houthis agreed to let them into Yemen, where a three-year-old civil war has pushed the country to the verge of famine.

These cranes are offloading key supplies for the people of Yemen and will allow greater throughput of critical humanitarian assistance and goods, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia and its allies face mounting criticism over the civilian toll of Yemens conflict, in which more than 10,000 people have been killed by U.S.-backed coalition air strikes and by fighting on the ground.

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