Saudi Arabia and UAE announce $200 million in aid for Yemen

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In the aftermath of the bombing of a school that killed five young students, Ryad and Abu Dhabi simultaneously announced aid of about € 177 million as part of a $ 500 million euros ($ 443 million) program.  announced by the two countries in November to fight against hunger and disease in Yemen, a country devastated by four years of war.

Aid for the month of Ramadan, which starts in early May, will go to various UN agencies, including the World Food Program (WFP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World HealthOrganization (WHO), officials from both countries said.

“Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are eager to implement an urgent agenda with strategic partners – particularly WFP, UNICEF and WHO – to alleviate the problem of malnutrition , in Yemen and help prevent famine and epidemic diseases associated with famine, “said the King Salman in a statement released in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates intervened in the war in Yemen in 2015 to support President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi after the Houthis took control of the capital Sana’a and vast territories.

Over the last four years, the total contribution of the anti-rebel coalition states to Yemen has been more than $ 18 billion, according to a statement released in Abu Dhabi.

Yemen is the scene of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.

Both the military coalition supporting the government and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels are accused of acts that could constitute war crimes, a UN panel of experts said in 2018.

According to the WHO, some 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, have been killed since 2015 in this conflict, but NGOs estimate that the actual number of deaths is much higher, with some citing a fivefold increase.