Saudi Arabia answer UN call with $274m Yemen aid pledge
Saudi Arabia, which is leading a three-week-old air campaign against Houthi fighters in Yemen, has announced $274m in humanitarian aid for the Arabian Peninsula nation.
The pledge, which the official SPA news agency said on Saturday was ordered by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, followed a UN appeal for $274m to provide emergency assistance to the millions affected by the conflict.
“Ordinary families are struggling to access healthcare, water, food and fuel – basic requirements for their survival,” Johannes Van Der Klaauw, the UN humanitarian coordinator, said on Friday.
The World Health Organisation, in a new toll, says 767 people have died in Yemen’s war since March 19 and more than 2,900 have been wounded. The majority are civilians.