Saudi-led coalition announces $1.5 billion in aid for Yemen

23 Enero, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Earnest Bishop
  • Shuai Mohammed Mghboul displays fragments of a missile in the northern town of Abs Yemen. In the air campaign by Saudi Arabia and its allies against Yemen’s Shiite rebels rights experts say there has been a pattern by the

The expansion of ports will be supported with up to $40 million from the Saudi-led coalition.

Worst affected by the worst man-made humanitarian crisis of current times are the country's children.

"Eleven people were killed and dozens injured in the attack", medic Moaz Mahyub told Anadolu Agency.

They include 8.4 million people who are considered severely food insecure and at risk of starvation - a 24% increase since April 2017.

The latest aid package, which follows last week's $2-billion Saudi cash injection to Yemen's central bank, comes amid an ever-broadening crisis in the war-torn country, where the conflict, cholera and looming starvation have killed thousands and put millions of lives at risk.

Fighting between pro-government forces, which are backed by the coalition, and the rebel Houthi movement has also left more than 9,245 dead and 52,800 injured. Easing came in December, following a United Nations declaration that Yemen-where over 22 million require aid- is home to "the largest humanitarian crisis in the world". Three quarters of the population - 22.2 million people - need humanitarian assistance, including 11.3 million people in acute need who urgently require assistance to survive.

Such attacks against the Saudi forces come in retaliation for the continued massacre of civilians and destruction of Yemen's infrastructure by the coalition led by the Riyadh regime. However, it did not mention ending the restrictions on access to the rebel-held port of Hudaydah, which handles 70% of Yemen's imports.

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The coalition said it would set up 17 additional "safe-passage corridors" to facilitate land transport for humanitarian organisations operating in the remote interiors of Yemen.

The UN made a record appeal for aid to Yemen on Sunday, calling for almost $3 billion to save the war-torn country plunged into a desperate humanitarian situation.

Germany is set to halt all arms exports to countries involved in the war in Yemen, a government spokesperson has announced.

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday deposited $2bn in Yemen's central bank after the Yemeni prime minister made a public plea for funds to prop up the currency and help stave off hunger.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, adviser at the Royal Court and general supervisor of King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Work (KS Relief), said that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pledged $1 billion while the remaining member states of the coalition will pay the remaining amount of $500 million.

The war's heavy toll on civilians has always been a sore point with members of Congress, triggering threats to block USA assistance to the coalition including refueling of jets and limited intelligence support.

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