Saudi coalition announces Dollars 1.5 billion in aid for Yemen

Saudi blockade of Yemen set to resume after brief respite

The UN made a record appeal for aid to Yemen on Sunday, calling for almost $3 billion to save the war-torn country plunged into a desperate humanitarian situation.

The coalition pledged funding of 40 million USA dollars for the expansion of ports to accommodate additional humanitarian shipment, 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 coalition promised to keep all ports open, including the Hodeidah port, to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Yemenis, considering the blockade of Houthis on ports under their control.

In 2017, worldwide donors provided $1.65-billion of the $2.34-billion requested by the United Nations and humanitarian partners in Yemen.

The UN says Yemen is the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with about eight million people on the brink of starvation, a cholera epidemic that has infected one million people, and economic collapse in what was already one of the region's poorest countries.

The spokesman for the coalition forces in support of legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, said that the air defense forces of the coalition spotted the launch of a ballistic missile this afternoon by the Houthi militias of Iran from within the territory of Yemen (Saada governorate) towards Kingdom territory. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported previous year that airstrikes remained the single largest cause of civilian casualties.

Launched Sunday, the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan is the largest consolidated humanitarian appeal for Yemen - where over two years of relentless conflict has left three quarters of the population in need of humanitarian assistance, including 11.3 million in acute need who urgently require assistance to survive.

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. The U.S. supports the coalition with refuelling, logistics and intelligence.

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. Norway has suspended munitions exports to the United Arab Emirates based on its role in the Yemen conflict.

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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