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Saudi-led coalition announces 1.5-bln-USD aid to Yemen

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Carol Daniels | 23 January, 2018, 02:13

Yemen's al-Masirah TV channel said the short-range missile targeted a military base in Quwwah in Saudi Arabia's southwestern border region of Najran.

Over the past year, the United Nations' efforts to address what it has described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis have been hampered by a crippling blockade of rebel-held ports by the Saudi-led coalition.

The coalition pledged up to $40-million for the expansion of ports to accommodate additional aid shipments.

The aid money, around $1.5bn, will be distributed through humanitarian agencies and in co-ordination with the United Nations.

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.

Saudi Arabia and Yemen, most of which is now under the control of a pro-Iran faction, have been at war for some time.

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More than 9,200 people have been killed in Yemen since 2015, when a Saudi-led military coalition intervened to back the country's internationally-recognised government against Iran-backed rebels. Yemen imports about 90 per cent of the country's staple food and almost all of its fuel and medicine, according to the UN.

In opening remarks Monday to reporters ahead of a coalition meeting, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir laid blame squarely on the Houthis. There were no reports of casualties or damage.

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.

The spokesman, Steffen Seibert said on Friday that the Federal Security Council was no longer issuing export licenses that "are not in accordance with the conclusion of the exploratory talks", Germany's official DPA news agency reported.

Earlier this month, Norway suspended exports of weapons and ammunition to the United Arab Emirates over concerns they could be used in the war in Yemen.

According to the World Health Organization's latest count, the cholera outbreak has killed 2,167 people since the end of April and is suspected to have infected more than one million people. The kingdom, however, has not disclosed how much it spends on the war in Yemen.

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