Coalition to give $1.5bn in Yemen aid, expand port capacity

by Jared Lewis January 24, 2018, 12:03
Coalition to give $1.5bn in Yemen aid, expand port capacity

The expansion of ports will be supported with up to $40 million from the Saudi-led coalition.

Russian Federation on Monday called for an end to fighting in Yemen, saying there could be no military solution to the almost four-year war launched by the Saudi-led campaign on the impoverished country.

The coalition said that it would also allocate up to $30 million to cover transportation costs of non-humanitarian shipments intended for the port of Hodeida to "their intended destination in Yemen".

Saudi Arabia and its allies are facing mounting criticism - including from the USA - over the civilian toll in Yemen's conflict.

He added that the coalition stresses the full commitment to the safety and protection of staff working in non-governmental organizations and stressed the need for coordination with non-governmental organizations, and for the Houthi militias to ensure the safety and movement and the opening of corridors of the flow points within Yemen to ensure delivery to the Yemeni people. The Saudi ambassador also said that an airdrome will be prepared in Marib to secure the arrival of aid provided by all worldwide organisations.

During the meeting of the foreign ministers of the coalition countries, Al- Jaber affirmed support to the Hadi-led government in Yemen.

The charity Save the Children said it welcomed any measures to allow more access to humanitarian supplies and support the United Nations appeal, but warned that "aid can only provide a fraction of what Yemen needs to survive".

"The coalition is placing its military resources at the disposal of these broad-ranging humanitarian operations", said coalition Al-Maliki.

A statement said the coalition would also help expand the capacities of Yemeni ports to boost imports of aid and cargo to 1.4m tonnes annually, up from 1.1m previous year.

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.

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.

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

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