U.N. Calls On UAE, Saudi Arabia To Meet Humanitarian Funding Pledges On Yemen, Says Deal To End Aid Suspension In Capital Close

Al Jazeera: Yemenis die as UAE and Saudi withhold aid funds: U.N.
“Yemenis are dying from cholera, hunger, and other ills because Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are not making good on funding pledges they made earlier this year, a top United Nations official warned on Thursday. Mark Lowcock, the U.N.’s emergency relief coordinator and under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs, told the U.N. Security Council while most of the 40 countries that made pledges in February had stumped up aid cash, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh were holding out…” (Reinl, 7/17).

VOA News: U.N.: Close to Deal to End Aid Suspension in Yemen’s Capital
“The head of the World Food Programme said Thursday that his agency is close to reaching agreement with Houthi rebel leaders to end a suspension of food aid in areas of Yemen that the group controls. … Last month, [WFP Executive Director David] Beasley ordered a partial suspension of food distribution in the capital, Sana’a, which is controlled by Houthi rebels. He said it was necessary because the rebels were diverting aid for profit and not allowing aid agencies to operate independently…” (Besheer, 7/18).