Saudi-Led Coalition to Give $1.5B in Humanitarian Aid to Yemen


"The coalition will coordinate".

The Cabinet chaired by King Salman said this humanitarian gesture shows the Kingdom's keenness to help the Yemeni people overcome their suffering and cope with the economic burdens inflicted by Iranian Houthi militias who have plundered the state's resources and seized its revenues.

The US-backed alliance, which also includes the United Arab Emirates, said in a statement it would operate an air bridge to Marib, set up 17 overland corridors for aid deliveries and lead the expansion of additional Yemeni ports to receive humanitarian and essential cargo.

This came in a speech at the press conference of the foreign ministers' meeting of the coalition members to support the legitimacy in Yemen to announce the comprehensive humanitarian plan for humanitarian operations in Yemen.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Al Jubeir told a press conference following the emergency OIC meeting in Jeddah on Sunday that "Iran has not complied with global treaties with regard to good neighbourliness and continues to support terrorism and its violations of worldwide resolutions on ballistic missiles".

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"The coalition is placing its military resources at the disposal of these broad-ranging humanitarian operations", said coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki.

The coalition, under worldwide pressure, eased a three-week blockade imposed on Yemeni ports and airports in November in response to a ballistic missile fired by the Houthis toward the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The United Nations on Sunday made what it described as a record appeal for aid to Yemen , calling for almost $3 billion in humanitarian relief for the crisis-plagued country.

"The amount of aid to Yemen exceeds a billion dollars", announced Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir.

The United Nations said 400,000 children suffer from malnutrition, and have asked Saudi Arabia and its allies to assist in the crisis.