Arab coalition to gives $1.5bn in Yemen aid

23 January, 2018, 02:11 | Author: Clint Gray
  • Saudi blockade of Yemen set to resume after brief respite

The coalition pledged up to $40m for the expansion of ports to accommodate additional humanitarian shipments, adding that it would set up an air corridor between Riyadh and the central Yemeni province of Marib to run multiple aid flights of C130 cargo planes.

More than 10,000 people have been killed by coalition airstrikes and by fighting on the ground, Reuters said.

The body requested $2.96 billion for humanitarian aid to respond to an ever-broadening crisis in the country - where war, looming starvation and cholera have killed thousands.

"$1.5bn in new humanitarian aid funding for distribution across United Nations agencies and global relief organisations", the coalition announced in a statement.

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"A generation of children is growing up in suffering and deprivation", OCHA said.

Russian Federation halted its diplomatic presence in Yemen last month because of the deepening conflict and Moscow has previously expressed concern about strikes by the Saudi-led coalition. There were no reports of casualties or damage.

The country has been split into three factions since the civil war began in 2015 - the Iranian-back Houthis govern much of the west including the capital Sanaa, the Saudi-backed government forces controlling much of the centre whilst al Qaeda still has a significant pockets of control.

The United Nations says more than 22 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and 8 million are on the brink of starvation.

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The war, which enlists the participation among others of the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco, Sudan, and Senegal, has been reinforced by weapon supplies and logistical support from the United States and the United Kingdom.

Only in the third financial quarter of 2017, German arms sale to Saudi Arabia accounted for US$550 million.

Steffa Seibert, a spokesperson for Merkel, wrote on Friday, that Germany "isn't taking any arms exports decisions right now that aren't in line with the results of the preliminary talks".

Aid groups that say coalition airstrikes are destroying critical infrastructure and that the coalition needs to do more to facilitate the delivery of staple goods at Yemen's ports.

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According to the World Health Organization's latest count, the cholera outbreak has killed 2,167 people since the end of April and is suspected to have infected more than one million people.

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