Saudi-led coalition to give $1.5 billion in aid to YemenJanuary 22, 2018
Riyadh, (UNA-OIC) – The Arab military coalition led by Saudi Arabia said on Monday it would commit $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid for Yemen, where it is supporting the internationally recognized government against the Houthis.
The alliance said in a statement it would operate an air bridge to Marib, set up 17 overland corridors for aid deliveries and lead the expansion of additional Yemeni ports to receive humanitarian and essential cargo. We are backing a professionally planned and detailed humanitarian mission with military power and precision to guarantee that the humanitarian aid reaches the people who need it to lift their suffering, said spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki.
Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, where 8.3 million people are entirely dependent on external food aid and 400,000 children suffer from severe acute malnutrition, a potentially lethal condition, according to the United Nations.
The coalition has already provided billions of dollars’ worth of aid into the country, yet the war waged on by the Houthi terrorists has pushed the country to the edge of famine with outbreaks of cholera and diphtheria.
The new aid program seeks to boost monthly imports to 1.4 million metric tons from 1.1 million last year, the statement said.
An accompanying graphic suggested that overland delivery routes would extend into northern territory held by the Houthis, who are fighting the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi based in the south.
Last week, Saudi Arabia deposited $2 billion 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.
Source: international Islamic News Agency