Yemen Pledging Conference Underway To Raise $4.2B As U.N. Warns Of Harm To Children; U.S. Senate Will Not Vote On House-Passed Bill To End Involvement In War

The Guardian: U.N. target of $4bn in aid for Yemen reliant on Saudi and U.S. pledges
“The international community will gather on Tuesday to try to raise more than $4bn to help alleviate the suffering and famine caused by Yemen’s civil war, but will find itself heavily dependent on three combatants in the conflict — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the U.S. — to reach its fundraising target for 2019…” (Wintour, 2/26).

The National: U.N. to host largest country appeal ever for Yemen
“…Led by the governments of Sweden and Switzerland and with U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres in attendance, the appeal will highlight that 80 percent of the Yemeni population needs urgent humanitarian assistance and protection. … But aid agencies say funding alone will not suffice and that action is needed to prevent air strikes on civilian areas…” (Aldroubi, 2/25).

POLITICO: GOP maneuver will block Yemen bill from getting Senate vote
“A House-passed bill to halt U.S. involvement in Yemen’s deadly civil war will not get a vote in the Senate, a setback to Democrats and Republicans who sought to cut off U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen…” (Desiderio/Zanona, 2/25).

U.N. News: Not a single child spared the ‘mind-boggling violence’ of Yemen’s war
“Four years of ‘mind-boggling violence’ in Yemen ‘has not spared a single child,’ a top U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official said on Monday, on the eve of a pledging conference in Geneva to help alleviate the suffering of millions across the country…” (2/25).

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