Saudi-led coalition announces $1.5b in new aid for Yemen

Saudi foreign minister Adel Al Jubeir right confers with Yousef Al Othaimeen chairman of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation during an emergency meeting of the organisation's council of foreign ministers in Jeddah

Increase the capacities of Yemeni ports to receive humanitarian as well as commercial imports.

Advisor to the Saudi Royal Court and General Supervisor of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre Dr. Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah has announced that the coalition countries will donate 1.5 billion dollars and more than 50% of Yemen's humanitarian response plan issued by the United Nations for 2018.

The attack was the latest in a series of airstrikes conducted by the USA -backed Saudi-led coalition air force since the start of the war in Yemen three years ago. The coalition is supporting the internationally recognized government against the Houthis in a three-year civil war.

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.

In a communique issued after their meeting, ministers of the Yemen contact group said the firing of missiles at Saudi Arabia was a threat to regional peace and stability.

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The coalition pledged up to $40 million 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.

The United Nations on Sunday made what it described as a record appeal for aid to Yemen , calling for almost $3 billion in humanitarian relief for the crisis-plagued country.

"This amount will be distributed through United Nations agencies and global relief organisations", Al-Jubeir said, adding that an amount of $2 billion will be deposited at the Central Bank of Yemen to enhance the economic stability, in addition to depositing an amount of $30-40 million to expand Yemeni ports' capacity in terms of receiving additional shipments, and providing an amount of $20-30 million to reduce the cost of land transportation.

Arab-led coalition aircraft Monday struck a building in northern Yemen that housed a clinic, killing seven people, five of them children, residents said, the latest in a series of raids.

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

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