Saudi Arabia’s donor conference ‘embodies Kingdom's support’ of Yemen

Saudi Arabia will host a donor conference to support Yemen on June 2. (File/KSRelief)
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Updated 01 June 2020

Saudi Arabia’s donor conference ‘embodies Kingdom's support’ of Yemen

  • The conference aims to draw financial pledges from international donors
  • The Kingdom is urging other donor countries to participate

RIYADH: A donor conference organized by Saudi Arabia reflects the Kingdom’s support for the Yemeni people, Yemen’s government said Monday.
The conference, which is set to get underway on Tuesday, aims to draw financial pledges from international donors to help meet the basic needs of the Yemeni people. 
The event will also raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis left by the war triggered by the Iran-backed Houthi militia.
Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar Al-Iryani said Yemen is facing difficult circumstances that need the rapid intervention of humanitarian organizations.
“Organizing, sponsoring, and hosting the donor conference in Saudi Arabia, and the support that it has devoted, embodies the Kingdom’s supportive positions for the Yemeni people facing difficult circumstances and unstable situations that require urgent support and rapid and continuous intervention from international humanitarian and relief agencies and organizations,” Al-Iryani said on Twitter.
The Donors’ Conference for Yemen 2020 will be held virtually and is an extension of Saudi Arabia’s global humanitarian and development contribution. 
The Kingdom is urging other donor countries to participate. The UN said that the aim is to raise some $2.4 billion to pay for the world’s biggest aid operation.
Al-Iryani added that “the Kingdom’s role in supporting and financing relief and development projects in Yemen was and remains pivotal and major, as Saudi grants work to meet the basic needs and services of Yemeni citizens, in cooperation with specialized international UN humanitarian and relief agencies and organizations.”
He said that the conference will contribute to helping community support programs that “lead to achieving self-sufficiency for beneficiary families,” and also support economic activity in various Yemeni governorates, thus reducing dependence on humanitarian aid and providing new job opportunities for the Yemeni people.
The community programs that the donor conference will support aim to provide sustainability by utilizing, investing and developing local resources, Al-Iryani said.
Rehabilitating orphans, economic empowerment of fishermen, supporting productive families, and providing assistance to farmers, were among the examples he gave. 
The conference also aims to finance and support health projects to help tackle chronic diseases, as well as an outbreak of COVID-19 that is spreading rapidly through parts of the country.
The minister said educational projects, women support programs, childcare projects, and work to rehabilitate fighters would also benefit.


Israel records highest single-day virus tally

Updated 43 min 10 sec ago

Israel records highest single-day virus tally

  • Benjamin Netanyahu has admitted that the decision to allow businesses, including bars and event spaces, to re-open may have been made “too soon”
  • Certain towns and city neighborhoods across the country considered virus hotspots have been placed under more robust lockdowns

JERUSALEM: Israel has recorded its highest number of coronavirus infections over a 24-hour period, with nearly 1,500 new cases confirmed in the most recent daily count, the health ministry said Friday.
Israel had won early praise for its virus containment efforts, but cases have surged since a broad re-opening began in May.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted in a late Thursday news conference that the decision to allow businesses, including bars and event spaces, to re-open may have been made “too soon.”
“I take responsibility for it,” he told reporters.
From midnight (2100 GMT) on Wednesday to midnight on Thursday, the health ministry registered 1,504 new coronavirus infections — the highest single-day tally since Israel confirmed its first case on February 21.
The country of roughly nine million has now registered more than 36,000 cases, including 351 deaths.
Various restrictions have been re-imposed, including the closure of venues, clubs, bars, gyms and public pools.
Limits on the number of people allowed in restaurants and places of worship have also been reinstated.
Certain towns and city neighborhoods across the country considered virus hotspots have been placed under more robust lockdowns.
Israel’s director of public health services, Siegal Sadetzki, resigned this week, blasting her superiors for ignoring her advice and steering Israel’s virus response off course.
“Despite repeated warnings in different forums, we are watching with frustration as our window of opportunity (to contain the virus) is running out,” Sadetzki said in a Facebook post announcing her resignation.