A Saudi-led military coalition on Monday announced $1.5-billion in new humanitarian aid for Yemen, after the United Nations made what is called a record appeal of $3-billion assistance for the war-ravaged country. The coalition said that it would also allocate up to United States dollars 30 million to cover transportation costs of non-humanitarian shipments intended for the port of Hodeida, in rebel-held territory, to "their intended destination in Yemen".
The announcement came after Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chose to transfer 2 billion dollars to the Central Bank of Yemen last week, in an attempt to stabilize the collapsing Yemeni currency.
"The coalition will coordinate".
"Humanitarian assistance is not the solution to the plight of the people of Yemen, but it is the only lifeline for millions of them", said Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, in a news releasing announcing the launch.
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It added that it aimed to increase monthly import to Yemen from 1.1 million metric tons previous year to 1.4 million metric tons and that it seeks to open land, sea and air access to Yemen to ensure the increase in delivery.
The expansion of ports will be supported with up to $40 million from the Saudi-led coalition.
Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of supplying missile parts and expertise to the Houthis, who have taken over the Yemeni capital Sanaa and other parts of the country during its civil war.
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday deposited $2bn in Yemen's central bank after the Yemeni prime minister made a public plea for funds to prop up the currency and help stave off hunger.
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More than 9,200 people have been killed in Yemen since March 2015, when the Saudi-led military coalition intervened in the war.
Another almost 2 200 Yemenis have died of cholera amid deteriorating hygiene and sanitation conditions, the World Health Organisation says.
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.
Human Rights Watch says the Saudi-led coalition delayed and diverted tankers bringing badly needed fuel for power generators for hospitals in 2017, while the rebels the coalition is fighting have also blocked and confiscated aid.
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