KSA provided over $8bn worth of aid to Yemen

KSA provided over $8bn worth of aid to Yemen

Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition are responsible for killing the majority of the more than 5,000 civilians who have died in the war, according to a United Nations report released in August.

The Saudi-led military coalition, who is now fighting Houthi militias in Yemen, announced Monday a 1.5-billion-U.S. -dollar aid to Yemen, Al Arabia News reported.

The coalition pledged funding of 40 million USA dollars for the expansion of ports to accommodate additional humanitarian shipment, adding that it would set up an air corridor between Riyadh and the central Yemeni province of Marib to run multiple aid flights of C130 cargo planes.

The latest aid package follows last week's $2 billion Saudi cash injection to Yemen's central bank.

Additionally, the kingdom said it will make a donation of up to $2 billion in fuel for the transportation of humanitarian aid. But the Saudi-led coalition, which has received military support during the conflict from the United States, has faced added criticism because it controls access by land, air and sea to Yemen and has imposed what aid organizations say is a "de-facto" blockade that has starved the country, which is heavily reliant on imports of essential supplies.

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Saudi Arabias Foreign Affairs Minister Adel Bin Ahmad Al Jubeir has said that the ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have unanimously supported a strong resolution condemning Iran for its aggressive policies.

"We are backing a professionally planned and detailed humanitarian mission with military power and precision to guarantee that the humanitarian aid reaches the people who need it to ameliorate their suffering", said coalition spokesman Col.

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.

- More than 10,000 people killed, 50,000 wounded and 2 million displaced due to the war, according to the United Nations. Yemen's currency slid further against the dollar late past year after the coalition blocked access to all of Yemen's ports for several weeks in response to a Houthi missile launched at the Saudi capital.

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