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150$ million donation by Saudi Arabia for Yemen

Yemen: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced a donation of 150$ million towards Yemen made to King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Work(KSRelief), on Tuesday.

100$ million donation was earlier made in beginning of 2017, donated to Riyadh based organization.

Saudi Arabia remains the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Yemen.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah the supervisor general for KSRelief, issued the announcement during the Geneva aid conference, a day-long meeting of international donors focused on responding to Yemen’s humanitarian crisis.

Al-Rabeaa explained that the new donation comes as part of the total $8.2 billion committed by the Kingdom within its humanitarian and developmental assistance since April 2015 to date, said the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

“Yemen today is experiencing a tragedy of immense proportions,” the UN Secretary General told country representatives gathered in Geneva for an aid pledging conference.

Established in May 2015, KSRelief has provided health, nutrition and sanitation aid and relief to 17 million people impacted by the conflict in Yemen. Partnering with international humanitarian organizations, KSRelief has established more than 100 health facilities, provided emergency food aid and supplied more than 350,000 gallons of fuel to medical facilities.

“We are witnessing the starving and the crippling of an entire generation,” he said, adding that Yemen is gripped by “the world’s largest hunger crisis”.

In March 2015, Saudi led Arab coalition helped the Government to reclaim the capital ‘Sanaa’ in Yemen, as reported in Al jazeera.