Yemeni vice president lands in Aden

Vice president of exiled Yemeni government, Khaled Bahah, arrives in Aden on a Saudi plane on Saturday

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Yemen's Vice President Khaled Bahah talks to reporters upon his arrival at Aden airport August 1, 2015.

Vice president of the exiled Yemeni government, Khaled Bahah, landed in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Saturday aboard a Saudi plane, according to airport officials.

Bahah, who is also the prime minister of the exiled government in Riyadh, is the most senior official to visit Aden since local fighters loyal to Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi’s government supported by a Saudi-led coalition drove Iranian backed Houthi rebels out of the city more than two weeks ago.

Several cabinet members arrived along with Bahah at around noon local time (0900 GMT), Arab television stations reported.

Bahah arrived in Aden with hopes of strengthening efforts to restore normal life to the city, sources close to the vice president said.

Since the declaration of Aden’s “liberation” on July 17, Yemenis residing in the city have been complaining that little work has been done to restore public services and remove the debris left by months of fighting.

Four months of air raids and constant clashes have killed more than 3,500 people in Yemen, with residents of Aden suffering the most due to shortages of food, medicine and fuel.

The UN declared the situation in Yemen to be a level-three humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale, after about 80 percent of the country’s population fell into dire need of humanitarian aid.

Twenty million people in the country are in need of aid, 13 million are facing food shortages and 9.4 million are having difficulties accessing drinking water.

Saudi Arabia initiated a five-day truce on Sunday to allow humanitarian aid to reach Yemeni citizens which ended almost immediately. Yemeni fighters backed by the Saudi-led coalition accused Houthi insurgents of breaking the ceasefire.

Oxfam, an international disaster relief organisation, have reported that more than six million people in Yemen are on the verge of starvation.

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