Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Falih: No Impact on Oil Supply from Houthi Attack on Tanker

Saudi Arabia and UAE pledge nearly $1bn in aid for Yemen at UN conference Yemeni forces target Saudi warship off coast of Hudaydah
Carol Daniels | 05 April, 2018, 00:46

"The war in Yemen is now the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 22 million people - three-quarters of the population - in desperate need of aid and protection, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said".

Saudi Arabia and the UAE pledged $1 billion toward the humanitarian response plan.

"... The funding pledged at the high-level event fell short of the U.N.'s $2.96 billion goal".

"Independent of the fact that there is a war, there are humanitarian obligations that are assumed by countries", he said.

According to the United Nations, 8.4 million people are on the verge of starvation in Yemen, where food imports are essential to sustain the population. In addition, Yemen is affected by a cholera outbreak where more than 1 million people are presumed to have been infected within the a year ago. Only half of the country's health facilities function and 16 million people lack access to clean water and sanitation facilities, which increases the risk of disease spreading.

"The United States is very concerned about the Houthis' latest attempt to escalate the war in Yemen, this time by attacking a commercial vessel while it transited one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, the Bab al-Mandab, in worldwide waters", the release said.

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The coalition statement said the attack occurred in worldwide waters on Tuesday near the Red Sea port of Hodeida.

Griffiths has already held talks with Houthi authorities as well as internationally-recognised Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Saudi officials in Riyadh.

Yemen is now facing the worst man-made humanitarian crisis in the world.

"But that shouldn't absolve or change the subject from the Saudi-led coalition's primary responsibility for Yemen's humanitarian crisis due to its blockade and repeated bombing of Yemeni civilians and critical Yemeni infrastructure", Roth wrote in an email.

In April 2017, Saudi forces said they have foiled an attempt to blow up an Aramco fuel terminal in southern Saudi Arabia using a high-speed boat laden with explosives, alleging Yemen's Houthis were behind the attempt.

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