Aid organizations to use Yemen truce to relieve civilians
man searches for survivors under the rubble of a house destroyed by Saudi airstrikes in Sanaa - AP

SANAA: The World Health Organization says a new truce in Yemen will allow it and other groups to provide desperately needed aid to millions of civilians and respond to some of the country’s most serious needs.

Ahmed Shadoul, WHO Representative in Yemen, says in a Saturday statement that the pause would allow his group and others to increase their response in affected governorates by reaching populations cut off from care and urgently needed health services.

The truce was pierced within an hour overnight when Saudi-led airstrikes hit targets in the capital, Sanaa, and the southwestern city of Taiz following reports of ground movement and fighting, security officials said.

The U.N.-declared truce that began at midnight is meant to last through the end of the holy month of Ramadan next week.

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