Saudi-led coalition says foils Houthi attack on oil tanker

Executive director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth

Executive director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth

It includes $930 million from Saudi Arabia and the UAE which lead the coalition air strikes.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is considered the worst in the world.

A Saudi fuel tanker in the Red Sea came under fire by Yemen's Houthi rebel group, a Saudi-led military coalition said Tuesday.

The statement described the attack as "one of the deadliest attacks on children since the conflict in Yemen escalated in March 2015". "We all know who the parties [are] to the war but the two things need to be seen separately", the United Nations chief told reporters.

The funding brings the total US humanitarian assistance for the war-torn country to over $854 million since 2017.

Riyadh has repeatedly accused the Houthis of acting as a proxy force for Shia Iran, Saudi Arabia's arch-foe in the region.

"The countries that are also party to the conflict were party to these global efforts to support the people of Yemen".

The Emiratis contracted Wikistrat, an Israeli company founded in 2010, in the lead up to the Saudi-led coalition intervention after Houthi rebels overran the capital and other major cities across the country, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Guterres underscored that the only way to ensure that Yemen donor conferences do not continue year after year is for the sides to negotiate a peace deal.

"While these contributions will provide some immediate relief, no amount of humanitarian or development assistance will end this conflict and the suffering of millions", the agency acknowledged. "I urge all parties to engage with my new Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, without delay", Guterres said.

Workers said the warehouses also contained hundreds of thousands of mattresses meant for those displaced by the war, which has killed more than 10,000 people and crippled the economy.

Saudi Arabia and its allies shut down the country's land, sea and air borders a year ago in response to a missile attack by the Huthis that was intercepted near Riyadh. The Saudi campaign consisted of an almost-monthlong crippling blockade late previous year which hindered aid delivery.

"Funding won't help if the assistance doesn't reach the people in need, and lack of humanitarian access remains a key obstacle to organizations working in Yemen", said Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate.

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