Donors Pledge $2 Billion to Scale Up Aid Delivery in Yemen [EN/AR]

Several children among dead in Yemen air strike: Unicef

Several children among dead in Yemen air strike: Unicef

The Saudi-led coalition said it thwarted a Houthi attack on a Saudi oil tanker on Tuesday, Al Arabiya local news reported.

Stepped up attacks: Yemen's Houthi rebels have scaled up attacks outside of its borders, recently launching a series of ballistic missiles towards airports and urban centers in Saudi Arabia.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched the funding drive at a conference in Geneva aiming to raise $2.96 billion (2.4 billion euros) for this year.

The UN has said that three-quarters of Yemen's population - about 22 million people - need some form of aid.

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Additionally, USAID announced that because humanitarian support will not prevent Yemen's economic and social downfall, the U.S.is in the process of providing $55 million in economic and development aid, pending Congressional approval.

During the event, Sweden and Switzerland organized a panel discussion on humanitarian access in Yemen based on the Presidential Statement of the UN Security Council adopted on March 15. We need unrestricted access everywhere inside Yemen and we need all the parties to the conflict to respect global humanitarian law, and to protect civilians.

Saudi Arabia and its allies have repeatedly been accused of hitting civilians targets, including hospitals and markets, in their three-year campaign against the Houthis.

"There was never a humanitarian solution for any humanitarian crisis", he said. "An enduring solution will only come through a comprehensive political agreement".

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Previous year s Yemen appeal for $2.5 billion, which was 73 percent funded, but the needs have intensified in a country battered since 2015 by a Saudi-led military offensive aimed at repelling Iran-backed Huthi rebels who control the capital.

The war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than two million and driven the country - already the poorest on the Arabian Peninsula - to the verge of starvation.

Last week, Saudi air defences intercepted a flurry of missiles, and falling debris caused the first death in the capital Riyadh. "In addition, commercial imports, which account for most of Yemen's food, fuel, and medicine, must have the same freedom of movement".

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