Egypt to send Yemen aid planes in two days: Riad Yassin
An injured woman carrying a child reacts after air strikes - REUTERS

CAIRO: Cairo will send Yemen humanitarian aid in the coming days, said Yemeni Foreign Minister Riad Yassin in remarks to media after his meeting with Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in Cairo Saturday.

“We agreed that Egypt will receive Yemeni patients to receive medical treatment,” Yassine said.

Both sides also agreed that Egypt will provide training for Yemeni diplomats, he added.

Yassin said that most of Yemeni cities came under control of “legitimacy” except for certain cities, including Sanaa.

Since September 2014, Iran-backed Houthis controlled over certain cities in Yemen; they made advances in Sanaa and other southern parts, forcing the Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee country.

On March 26, several Arab countries joined Saudi-led airstrikes against the Houthis after reconciliation talks brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council failed; President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced the participation of the Egyptian air and navy forces in the operation.

Egypt also participated in the military coalition by sending air and naval troops, particularly near the Bab al-Mandeb Strait, a strategic maritime waterway for the Suez Canal as it connects the Arab gulf and the Red Sea.

Approximately 400 children have been killed and about 600 others injured in the war in Yemen, while nearly 10 million children need humanitarian aid, said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Saturday.

The International Red Cross chairperson told AP Aug. 19 that more than 1,900 people have been killed since March.

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