Arab coalition continues humanitarian aid to Yemen

January 30, 2018 Off By Web Desk

Riyadh, (UNA-OIC) – More than 19 ships are at Yemeni ports carrying humanitarian aid for the Yemeni people, said Col. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman for the Saudi-led Arab coalition, on Monday.

In addition, 12 aid flights have been sent to Yemen’s port city of Aden within a week to relieve the people’s suffering, he said.

Yemeni people have a right to humanitarian aid and this right should not be disrupted, Al-Maliki emphasized.

The colonel then conveyed a message from a Yemeni child who was abducted and taken into the custody of the Houthi militia, and forced to be trained as a soldier. He was 13 years old and had given the message personally to Al-Maliki, warning others like him.

During the past week, many Houthis tried to cross the border and enter Saudi Arabia through various means, one of them being camouflage.

Ninety-one ballistic missiles have been fired at Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the coalition, Al-Maliki said. While the Houthis are laying landmines, the coalition is rebuilding infrastructure.

Last week, the foreign ministers of the coalition members announced a $1.5 billion humanitarian aid package for Yemen.

The coalition will coordinate … $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid funding for distribution across UN agencies and international relief organizations, the coalition announced in a statement.

The aid package is in addition to the $2 billion Saudi cash injection to Yemen’s central bank.

The estimated number of Yemeni people in need of humanitarian help is close to 21 million; 10 million of whom are in dire need.

Since 2015 the Kingdom has delivered $8.1 billion in humanitarian assistance as well as $2 billion in development aid.

Source: International Islamic News Agency