Monday, 22 January 2018

Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen pledged $1.5bn in new humanitarian aid



A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has pledged $1.5bn (£2bn) in new humanitarian aid for the country.

 
It will also increase the capacities of Yemeni ports to receive aid and cargo shipments, and set up 17 "safe-passage corridors" for humanitarian groups.


Three years of conflict and a blockade imposed by the coalition have caused what the UN calls "the worst man-made humanitarian crisis of our time".


Three quarters of Yemen's population - 22.2 million people - need assistance.


They include 8.4 million people who are considered severely food insecure and at risk of starvation - a 24% increase since April 2017.
At the same time, Yemen is grappling with outbreaks of cholera - with more than 2,244 associated deaths reported in less than a year - and diphtheria.


Fighting between pro-government forces, which are backed by the coalition, and the rebel Houthi movement has also left more than 9,245 dead and 52,800 injured.




BBC       News.