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4 new cranes start unloading aid in Yemen amid hunger crisis

AP  |  Washington 

US officials say four mobile cranes dispatched to have started unloading deliveries in Hodeidah as the war-wracked nation faces the world's worst crisis.

The cranes were purchased by the UN with funding from the US Agency for International Development.

They arrived in in mid-January but took several weeks to be erected.

Officials say the cranes became operational Friday. They weren't authorised to discuss the matter publicly and requested anonymity.

The port at Hodeidah handles roughly 70 percent of Yemen's imports. The has said the cranes can carry about 60 tons each and will significantly expand delivery of humanitarian and commercial goods.

The nearly 3-year-old war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced 2 million and helped spawn a cholera epidemic.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 05:05 IST