United Nations seeks $2.96bn humanitarian aid for Yemen

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Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates intervened in a civil war in Yemen in 2015 against the Houthis to restore the internationally recognized government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

The United Nations asked donors on Tuesday for almost $3 billion to help an estimated 13 million people who urgently need aid in war-ravaged Yemen.

Since the beginning of Yemen's conflict in September 2014, more than 22 million people, three-quarters of the population, have been in dire need of humanitarian aid, placing Yemen in a catastrophic situation.

Asked if he saw a contradiction in the Saudi stance towards Yemen, Guterres said a country's humanitarian commitments and military actions should be kept separate.

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"The United Nations has verified the killing of several children in an attack.in the coastal city of Hodeida in western Yemen", children's agency Unicef said in a statement dated Monday.

The ballistic missile attack came hours after Human Rights Watch accused the Houthis of violating laws of war by indiscriminately firing rockets on populated areas inside Saudi Arabia.

The funding brings the total USA humanitarian assistance for the war-torn country to over $854 million since 2017. We need unrestricted access everywhere inside Yemen and we need all the parties to the conflict to respect worldwide humanitarian law, and to protect civilians.

Guterres underscored that the only way to ensure that Yemen donor conferences do not continue year after year is for the sides to negotiate a peace deal. "I urge all parties to engage with my new Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, without delay", Guterres said.

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The war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than 2 million and driven the country to the verge of starvation.

Last week, Saudi air defences intercepted a flurry of missiles, and falling debris caused the first death in the capital Riyadh.

While the coalition has eased the blockade, restriction on deliveries persist.

Noting that all ports must remain open to humanitarian and commercial cargo, the medicines, food and the fuel, Guterres said: "Humanitarians must be able to reach the people who need help the most, without conditions".

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