Saudi coalition says Yemeni rebels attack Saudi oil tanker

Marsha Scott
April 4, 2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres adresses the media during a news conference after the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, in Geneva, Switzerland, April 3, 2018.

The United States pledged on Tuesday an additional $87 million in humanitarian aid toward Yemen, which is facing the world's worst cholera outbreak and largest food-security emergency amid a three-year war, according to the United States Agency for International Development.

"We must see action to end the conflict.There are no humanitarian solutions to humanitarian crises".

The war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than 2 million, and driven the country - already the poorest on the Arabian Peninsula - to the verge of starvation.

"Some 18 million people are food insecure; one million more than when we convened previous year". Some 8.4 million people do not know how they will get their next meal, according to United Nations estimates.

Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud held a telephonic conversation with US President Donald Trump in which he said that it is necessary for the global community to move forward the Middle East peace process.

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"But we also ask Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iran - who are supporting opposing sides - and for that matter, the United Kingdom, the United States, who are earning enormous sums of money on arms sales to this conflict to push the parties to the table". "I urge all to do whatever is possible".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has described the donor conference in Geneva as a "remarkable success", although the target for the 2018 Yemen humanitarian appeal was set at $2.96 billion.

A year ago s Yemen appeal for $2.5 billion, which was 73 percent funded, but the needs have intensified in a country battered since 2015 by a Saudi-led military offensive aimed at repelling Iran-backed Huthi rebels who control the capital.

Houthi forces in Yemen launched an attack on a Saudi ship on Tuesday, in what the movement said was retaliation for a Saudi coalition air attack that killed 16 people including seven children.

The UN called the incident "one of the deadliest attacks on children since the conflict in Yemen escalated in March 2015".

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