Saudi-led Arab coalition launches humanitarian-aid initiative for Hodeidah

Saudi-led Arab coalition launches humanitarian-aid initiative for Hodeidah
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In this file photo taken on January 27, 2018, workers unload food assistance provided by UNICEF from a cargo ship in the Red Sea port of Hodeida. (File photo: AFP)
Saudi-led Arab coalition launches humanitarian-aid initiative for Hodeidah
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A Yemeni family in Marib governorate gets their share of food being distributed by the Saudi KSRelief aid center on June 12, 2018. (SPA)
Updated 15 June 2018

Saudi-led Arab coalition launches humanitarian-aid initiative for Hodeidah

Saudi-led Arab coalition launches humanitarian-aid initiative for Hodeidah
  • Houthi militias are looting humanitarian aid being distributed in Yemen, according to Saudi and UAE relief agencies.
  • KSRelief is also funding a water supply project worth $1.35 million in Hodeidah and a $2 million effort to combat malnutrition, among other projects.

RIYADH: The Arab Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia in partnership with the UAE, has prepared a large-scale, comprehensive plan for the rapid delivery of humanitarian aid through the port of Hodeidah to the governorate and areas liberated from Iran-backed Houthi militias.

“Today we are launching humanitarian initiatives to the province of Hodeidah, which is between Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, supervisor general of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), told Arab News.

“This initiative entails aid through ships, planes and trucks, with food supplies and medicine ready to go for humanitarian assistance. Medical teams are also ready to reach and support families and children in need.”

Reem Ebrahim Al-Hashemi, the UAE’s minister of state for international cooperation, said: “We are hopeful that by working together and by working closely with people on the ground we will be able to change the dynamics, toward a positive future.”

The plans were announced during a joint press conference in Riyadh on Wednesday night.

 In a joint statement, Al-Rabeeah and Al-Hashemi said: “Humanitarian action represents hope to all who need it; however, repeated violations by the Houthi militias in Yemen, supported by Iran, have rendered the humanitarian aid delivery process quite difficult.

These militias control all the crossing points used by those providing aid, particularly the port of Hodeidah. They seize the vessels carrying aid and impose duties upon them, threatening maritime navigation.”

Humanitarian assistance, one of the most basic rights available to the Yemeni people, is looted by the militias, so that even people living close to the port fail to receive it, they said.

To help guarantee the success of the initiative, they appealed on behalf of their countries to the international humanitarian community, especially UN organizations, other international organizations and all aid partners, to cooperate quickly to assist the Yemeni people.

The briefing also highlighted the humanitarian assistance already provided by the KSRelief in the province of Hodeidah. 

This includes a water supply project worth $1.35 million; a $2million effort to combat malnutrition; the provision of oxygen-supply systems in hospitals in various governorates of Yemen in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) at a cost of $1.4 million and establishing and equipping health training and education workshops with UNICEF at a cost of $4.8 million. This is in addition to a cholera project with WHO and UNICEF worth $67.7 million.