Saudi-led Arab Coalition launches a major humanitarian operation in Yemen

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Al-Jaber also said that they will keep all ports open, as well as air and land crossings in order to receive aid continuously and safely.

The coalition said it would commit $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid for Yemen.

The latest aid package, which follows last week's $2 billion Saudi cash injection to Yemen's central bank, comes amid an ever-broadening crisis in the country, where the conflict, cholera and looming starvation have killed thousands and put millions of lives at risk.

"$1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid funding for distribution across United Nations agencies and global relief organisations", the coalition announced in a statement.

The UAE has expressed support for the Saudi positions in Yemen at various levels.

Saudi-led Arab Coalition launches a major humanitarian operation in Yemen
Saudi-led Arab Coalition launches a major humanitarian operation in Yemen

He added, however, that Iran continues to support the Houthis to destroy Yemen and the countries of the region, pointing out that the aim of the humanitarian operation is to help the Yemeni people and ensure delivering the aid to all areas of the country.

The Spokesman for the Arab Coalition, Colonel Turki bin Saleh al-Malki said that it is necessary to ensure that weapons are not smuggled to Yemen from any country or port.

He stated that in the past three years, the kingdom has provided support to Yemen and its people for more than 10.4 billion dollars.

"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 lift their suffering".

OIC secretary general Yousef Al Othaimeen said the organisation condemned the rebels' refusal to respond positively to United Nations and regional efforts to resolve the Yemeni crisis by peaceful means, as well as their continuing violations of human rights and the recent murder of the former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh and other senior politicians.

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