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Middle East Live Blog: ++ US fights two drones in Houthi areas ++

Middle East Live Blog: ++ US fights two drones in Houthi areas ++

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As of: April 17, 2024 5:20 am

The US military has been fighting in Houthi areas with two drones. UN in Gaza despite better coordination with Israel Struggles with hunger. All developments on the live blog.

The United Nations continues to fight to prevent famine in the Gaza Strip. Despite some progress in coordination with Israel, aid delivery to the Palestinian territory still faces difficulties, said Andrea Di Domenico, head of the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

There are significant delays at checkpoints. Last week, 41 percent of UN requests for aid to the north of the Gaza Strip were rejected. “We engage in this dance where we take one step forward, two steps back, or two steps forward and one step back, which basically keeps us at the same point,” Di Domenico told reporters. “For every new opportunity we have, there is a new challenge we must overcome.”

The US military says it has successfully shot down two drones in areas controlled by Houthi rebels in Yemen. US Central Command (Centcom), the US military's regional command responsible for the Middle East, said there were no reports of damage or injuries to US naval, coalition or merchant ships.

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