Arab coalition to give $1.5bn in Yemen aid

Laura Christensen
January 24, 2018

The Saudi-led war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.

The coalition also said it would also "increase the capacities of Yemeni ports to receive humanitarian" imports, as it faces mounting criticism for imposing a crippling blockade on the country.

More than 9 200 people have been killed in Yemen since March 2015, when the Saudi-led military coalition intervened in the war. Plans also include installing four cranes in three southern ports held by the government to boost the flow of imports, according to coalition officials.

Saudi Arabia last week deposited $2 billion in Yemen's central bank to prop up the currency and ease hunger.

Yemen's war pits a Saudi-led coalition allied with the internationally recognized government against Shiite Houthi rebels, who are allied with Iran and control much of northern Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or the extent of damage caused.

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He continued: "A post-mortem has now been carried out and the court is awaiting results of various tests that have been commissioned".

The appeal, made on behalf of United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners, came as 11.3-million people "urgently require assistance to survive", United Nations aid agency OCHA said in a statement. The U.S. supports the coalition with refueling, logistics and intelligence.

Berlin said on Friday that it would "immediately" stop approving arms exports to anyone participating in the conflict - including major weapons buyer Saudi Arabia, The New Arab reported.

Germany "isn't taking any arms exports decisions right now that aren't in line with the results of the preliminary talks", Steffan Seibert, a spokesperson for Merkel, said in a post on Twitter. Earlier this month Norway suspended exports of weapons and ammunition to the UAE over concerns they could be used in the war in Yemen.

Aid groups that say coalition airstrikes are destroying critical infrastructure and that the coalition needs to do more to facilitate the delivery of staple goods at Yemen's ports.

With most of the country lacking access to safe water and sanitation, more than 1 million suspected cases of cholera and more than 2,230 deaths were reported in Yemen a year ago, according to the World Health Organization.

Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher said spending in the 2018 budget is projected at 1.5 trillion Yemeni riyals ($3.9 billion), with revenues estimated at 978 billion riyals ($2.6 billion).

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