Saudi Arabia sends 19 thousand food baskets to Yemen

Updated 13 March 2018
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Saudi Arabia sends 19 thousand food baskets to Yemen

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action has sent trucks filled with food baskets to Yemen, Saudi news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.
The trucks, carrying 19 thousand food baskets, reached Yemen’s capital Sanaa and the provinces of Jouf, Marib as well as other Yemeni governorates.
About 75 percent of Yemen’s population is in need of humanitarian assistance, the UN said, including 11.3 million children who cannot survive without it.
At least 60 percent of Yemenis do not have enough to eat, and 16 million people do not have safe water and proper sanitation.
The situation was worsened by the conflict in Yemen that has been ongoing since 2015 between supporters of the internationally recognized government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Iran-backed Houthi militias.
 


Iran’s President Rouhani clashes with General Soleimani over Revolutionary guards funding: Reports

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Iran’s President Rouhani clashes with General Soleimani over Revolutionary guards funding: Reports

  • Iran spends millions annually to fund militias in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.
  • US Ambassador Haley: Iran spends over $6 billion annually to keep the Assad regime in Syria afloat

LONDON: Iranian president Ali Rouhani clashed recently with General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Quds Brigade, over the Republican guard’s budget, according to Iranian media reports.

An Iranian paper quoted by Al-Arabiya said that the verbal clash between the two leaders took place at a Eid Al-Fitr reception in Tehran.

Solaimani is reported to have warned the president from reducing the Revolutionary Guard’s budget, but Rouhani apparently responded angrily according to the Iranian sources.

The confrontation between the two leaders was such that it necessitated the intervention of the head of the Iranian National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, who reconciled the two.

Iranian leadership disagreement about the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s role, cost of operation and interventions in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen have risen to the surface recently.

The tensions come after the US renewed its pressure on Tehran questioning its role in the region and its tacit support for terrorism.

The US representative at the UN, Nikki Haley, has recently revealed that Iran spends over $6 billion annually to keep the Assad regime in Syria afloat, in addition to a million more to support allied militia like the Houthis in Yemen and Hezbollah militia in Lebanon.