SAUDI ARABIA DONATES $150 MILLION TO SUPPORT HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS IN YEMEN

GENEVA, Switzerland- Saudi Arabia has donated US$150 million, to support humanitarian operations of its King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Works, in Yemen.

The donation was announced by Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeaa, Adviser to the Royal Court, and General Supervisor of the centre, during the High-Level Pledging Event for Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, which was held today in Geneva, Switzerland.

In early 2017, Saudi Arabia committed $100 million, for the Riyadh-based relief centre. Overall, Saudi Arabia, has provided $8.2 billion in aid for Yemen, since Apr, 2015, he noted.

Al Rabeaa stressed that, the Yemeni people are suffering from siege, looting of property, robbery and seizure of aid ships and food assistance, by the rebel militias, who had already been against legitimacy.

In Apr, 2015, Saudi Arabia promised $274 million to the UN, meeting its first flash appeal for help for Yemen, in full, the Saudi official noted.

At the Yemen aid conference, United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, urged countries on, to step up life-saving assistance, to help prevent a looming famine in Yemen.

"Yemen today is experiencing a tragedy of immense proportions," the UN chief told country representatives.

"We are witnessing the starving and the crippling of an entire generation," he said, adding that, Yemen is gripped by "the world's largest hunger crisis."

The need for humanitarian aid and the protection of civilians in Yemen, has never been greater, Guterres said, while lamenting that "Our humanitarian appeal for 2017 is $2.1 billion, and only 15 percent has been met until the present moment."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK