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Yemen's Houthis Hit Saudi Oil Tanker Off Coast

05 April 2018, 12:45 | Violet Powell

Executive director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth

Executive director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth

The target for the 2018 Yemen humanitarian appeal was set at $2.96 billion (2.4 billion euros).

The latest Danish funding allocation for Yemen is dispersed with DKK 35 million for the World Food Programmes efforts to prevent starvation and with DKK 35 million for the UN's Humanitarian Country-Based Pooled Fund, which supports and coordinates life-saving relief efforts.

The Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition, says the Houthis attacked the oil tanker off Yemen's main port of Hudaida on Tuesday.

The United States will provide about 87 million U.S. dollars aid to Yemen to address the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country, said the U.S. State Department on Tuesday.

The Houthis have in the past targeted military ships belonging to coalition partners Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, but the attacks have failed to cause any substantial damage.

"We all know that there is a war. 'Independent of the fact that there is a war, there are humanitarian obligations that are assumed by countries, ' he said..."

Ken Roth, director of Human Rights Watch, said any humanitarian contribution was welcome amid such severe suffering.

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The UN's Yemen envoy, Martin Griffiths, has recently visited Riyadh and Sanaa in hopes of revitalising sputtering peace talks.

Last year, the United Nations and its humanitarian partners succeeded in delivering emergency aid to 10 million people in Yemen despite hostilities and hard humanitarian access.

The United States expressed concern after Yemen's Houthis attacked a ship in global waters and accused the militant group of trying to escalate the conflict in the country, the White House said in a press release on Wednesday.

The coalition has imposed a blockade on the country since 2015.

"Humanitarians must be able to reach the people who need help the most, without conditions", Guterres said.

By 2018 humanitarian needs have increased due to, among other things, the blockade of the main Yemeni ports in November and December 2017 that reduced the level of emergency aid and commercial imports of food and fuel, leading to enormous price increases and a deterioration of food security.

About 10,000 Yemenis have been killed and 53,000 wounded since the start of the coalition intervention in Yemen.



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