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

23 January 2018

Saudi Arabia leads a military coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015 with the stated aim of rolling back Huthi rebel gains and restoring the country's "legitimate" government to power.

With the crisis in war-ravaged Yemen continuing to deteriorate, United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners have launched a $2.96 billion response plan to reach over 13 million people with lifesaving assistance.

Last week, Saudi Arabia deposited $2bn in Yemen's central bank after the government appealed for help to save the country's currency from collapse and prevent a starvation.

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. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported past year that airstrikes remained the single largest cause of civilian casualties.

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The conflict has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced over two million and unleashed a wave of hunger and disease.

Currently, 1.3-million people "urgently require assistance to survive.a generation of children is growing up in suffering and deprivation", added the OCHA.

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.

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

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The Trump administration has expressed concern about conditions in Yemen and has called on Saudi Arabia to allow the free flow of humanitarian aid, fuel and goods at Yemeni ports.

Earlier this month, UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock called for sustained and higher levels of imports, particularly through ports at Hodeida and Salif, which are in rebel-held territory.

Another almost 2,200 Yemenis have died of cholera amid deteriorating hygiene and sanitation conditions, the World Health Organisation says.

Berlin has halted all weapons sales to Riyadh and its allies, in part due to the latter's prosecution of an ongoing war in Yemen that is killing civilians by the thousands.

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