Aid workers are set to take vital medical supplies into conflict-hit Yemen after the Saudi-led military coalition approved the move, says the International Red Cross.

Russia and the agency have called for an urgent pause in airstrikes to allow in aid, replenish struggling hospitals and evacuate foreigners.

The coalition has been launching aerial raids in the country to repel advances by Houthi forces who have taken over large areas of Yemen over the last six months, including the capital Sana’a.

But the Red Cross says a 24-hour ceasefire is needed to deliver aid and address “dire” conditions.

The agency has been negotiating with the military for nearly a week about allowing in aid.