RIYADH, Saudi Arabia- Member countries of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, to Support Legitimacy in Yemen, have provided a total of US$17.6 billion worth of assistance, in three years. ''Out of this assistance, Saudi Arabia, accounted for more than $11.5 billion,'' said Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, the Supervisor-General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief), at a press conference, which was attended by Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Assistant UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for International Development, and other coalition officials.

''The last few weeks saw intensified efforts to ease the suffering of the Yemeni people, in the Governorate of Hodeidah, and create safe corridors for both civilians and humanitarian convoys, in agreement with the United Nations,'' Dr. Al Rabeeah stated. He revealed that, the Iran-backed Houthi militia had blocked and seized 65 aid ships, 124 relief convoys and 628 aid trucks, held 19 vessels carrying 200,000 tonnes of petroleum derivatives, though these ships had permits issued by the coalition to enter Hodeidah Port.

''The assistance provided by Saudi Arabia and the UAE seeks to stimulate local economy and trade in Hodeidah, as well as, support public and private hospitals and provision of fuel to power public utilities,'' he added.

For his part, Sultan Al Shamsi told the press conference that, total assistance provided by the UAE to Yemen, from Apr, 2015 up to Sept, 2018, stood at AED 14.8 billion, of which AED 4.03 billion were directed to meet the basic needs of more than 16.7 million Yemenis, including 10.1 million children, and 3.4 million women,'' he explained.

He stated that, in 2018, UAE's assistance had so far reached AED 1.2 billion, of which AED 465 million was channelled into the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, YHRP.


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