Together with the United Nations ,Saudi Arabia confirmed it will host Tuesday a virtual donors conference Yemen.
Yemen’s government was ousted from the capital Sana’a by the Houthi movement in 2014, before a Saudi-led military coalition intervened in 2015 to try to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
A directive from King Salman confirmed Tuesday’s donor conference in Riyadh, where the UN aspires to raise $2.4 billion for the world’s biggest aid operation, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.
A total of USD 2.4 billion is being sought to cover emergency requirements in Yemen across multiple humanitarian sectors, including medical, food and shelter assistance.
The event is the first virtual initiative of its kind to be held on this scale, and will be attended by top Saudi Arabian and United Nations officials.
Millions need aid in Yemen, and the nation risks being overwhelmed by the coronavirus, the UN warns. “If we don’t get the funding we need and if more isn’t done to suppress the virus, Covid-19 could engulf Yemen,” said Lise Grande, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for the country.
Yemen reported 323 infections and 80 deaths as of Today, amounting to a fatality rate of 20 percent, compared to a global average estimated by the UN at seven percent.