Yemeni economy loses $50 billion in war against Houthis

The Minister said a great deal of infrastructure was destroyed in the war. (AFP/File)
Updated 25 March 2019
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Yemeni economy loses $50 billion in war against Houthis

  • Economic activity decreased in the past five years
  • The militants were killed in Al-Bayda province

DUBAI: Yemen’s economy lost nearly $50bn during the four-year war against the Iranian-backed Houthis, national news agency SPA reported on Sunday.

The losses do not include the costs of direct and indirect damages from the destruction of infrastructure, Yemen’s Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Najib Al-Awaj said.

The volume of economic activity declined in the last five years and growth was negative in all sectors, Al-Awaj added.

Meanwhile, eight Houthi militants died in clashes with national resistance forces in Al-Bayda province.

The resistance forces stopped the militants from infiltrating an area on Al-Sawma directorate, a source added.


UN urges resolving fate of 2,500 foreign children at Syria camp

Updated 18 April 2019
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UN urges resolving fate of 2,500 foreign children at Syria camp

GENEVA: A senior United Nations relief official called on governments on Thursday to help resolve the fate of 2,500 foreign children being held among 75,000 people at Al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria after fleeing Daesh's last stronghold.
"Children should be treated first and foremost as victims. Any solutions must be decided on the basis of the best interest of the child," Panos Moumtzis, UN regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis, told a Geneva briefing.
Solutions must be found "irrespective of children's age, sex or any perceived family affiliation", he said.