Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations recently convened a series of meetings of military leaders, relief organizations and UN organizations to promote the security and stability of Yemen.
A delegation of military leaders from the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, headed by Major General Misfer Al-Ghanem, met in New York with John Ging, operations director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Also attending the meetings were representatives of UNICEF, the UN Environment Program, the UN Population Fund, the UN Department of Safety and Security, the World Bank and the World Food Program (WFP).
The delegation presented evidence of Houthi violations of United Nations Security Council resolutions. Over the course of the war, Houthis have bombed civilians on the ground, such as in Taiz, a port city on the Red Sea, to which Saudi forces dropped food and medicine in order to relieve the siege against that city, and used child soldiers and starvation as a means of intimidation.
Saudi Humanitarian Assistance in Yemen
The delegation also provided an update on humanitarian operations in Yemen undertaken by the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia is by far the largest donor of humanitarian aid in Yemen, with assistance coordinated through the King Salman Humanitarian and Relief Center. The Kingdom has donated more than $560 million in support of the Yemeni people during the conflict. In April 2015, responding to an appeal by the United Nations, the Kingdom gave $274 million support U.N. efforts in Yemen, and then announced in May that it would supply an additional $267 million in assistance. Such aid is not new: Riyadh pledged $3 billion to help Yemen implement reforms against poverty and hunger in 2012 and donated millions of barrels of crude oil and petroleum products to assist with Yemen’s energy needs that year and beyond.
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