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KSRelief: Yemeni Ports Controlled by Legitimate Forces Are Open

KSRelief: Yemeni Ports Controlled by Legitimate Forces Are Open

Saturday, 18 November, 2017 - 08:30
Dr. Abdullah al-Rabiah during Partnership for Permanent Peace in Yemen meeting in Rome. Asharq Al-Awsat Arabic.

General Supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center Dr. Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah speaking in Rome, Italy confirmed that all crossings in Yemen are open for passage of humanitarian aid.

Rabiah, speaking at a high-level meeting in Rome for the Partnership for Permanent Peace in Yemen, said that the Kingdom had offered the Saudi Port of Jazan to be used to help the flow of humanitarian aid into Yemen.

KSRelief delivered 161 projects in Yemen through 86 local and international partners. These projects included food security, nutrition, shelters, social support and environmental sanitation.

He said that total aid provided by the Kingdom to Yemen from April 2015 to October 2017 reached $8.27 billion.

Rabiah said that the Kingdom had been working to limit the spread of cholera in Yemen. It donated more than $76 million to the Yemeni Ministry of Public Health and Population, the WHO, and UNICEF.

KSRelief sent a convoy carrying more than 550,000 tons of medical equipment to Yemeni regions to fight the epidemic. The rate of recovery, he said, had reached 99.5 percent, which meant many organizations could close Cholera treatment centers in some areas.

Rabiah revealed the 16 attacks of Houthi militias against UN and other relief organizations during 2015-2017, which involved murder, kidnapping, imprisonment, and closure of offices, as well as extortion and looting.

The militias had closed ports and offices of international organizations working in Yemen and seized 65 ships, 124 relief convoys, and 628 aid shipments.

Rabiah also highlighted the importance of the UN and the international community holding accountable militias that are hindering humanitarian work, targeting civilians and exploiting children in wars.

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