Saudi oil tanker hit in Houthi attack off Yemen

Aaron Brown
April 4, 2018

Speaking in a press conference in Geneva following the conference held to discuss the crisis in Yemen, Guterres said the donor countries pledged more than $2 billion at the conference, showing nearly a 50-percent rise from last year's conference, which had raised $1.1 billion for humanitarian action in Yemen.

Aden-An air strike by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen killed 12 civilians, including seven children, in the costal city of Hodeidah on Monday, medics and a witness said.

The funding brings the total US humanitarian assistance for the war-torn country to over $854 million since 2017.

Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has emphasized it is necessary for the global community to move forward the Middle East peace process, Saudi Press Agency reported Tuesday.

Meanwhile in Geneva, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said a Tuesday conference had collected pledges of more than $2 billion for humanitarian assistance for Yemen. Overall, the United Nations has appealed for $2.96 billion to provide assistance and protection to people in Yemen in 2018. "So we are quite optimistic". Guterres cited an "opportunity to be seized". In 2017, the world's worst outbreak of cholera to date affected one million Yemenis, and diphtheria is now on the rise. "A horrifying 8.4 million of these people do not know how they will obtain their next meal", Guterres said.

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In opening remarks, Guterres decried catastrophic situation in Yemen, pointing out that a child aged under 5 dies every 10 minutes from preventable causes.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates intervened in a civil war in Yemen in 2015 against the Houthis to restore the internationally recognised government of President Abd Rabbuh Hadi. The United States announced almost $87 million in additional humanitarian aid, while the European Union pledged €107.5 million ($132 million) in new funding this year. The United Nations said that blockade raised the danger of mass starvation, and it was partially lifted.

The Saudi campaign consisted of an almost-monthlong crippling blockade late past year which hindered aid delivery.

The Houthis have fired close to 100 missiles toward Saudi Arabia since the war began.

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