Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Coalition: Houthi-Iranian attack targets Saudi oil tanker west of Hudaydah port

Coalition: Houthi-Iranian attack targets Saudi oil tanker west of Hudaydah port

The United States pledged on Tuesday an additional $87 million in humanitarian aid toward Yemen, which is facing the world's worst cholera outbreak and largest food-security emergency amid a three-year war, according to the United States Agency for International Development.

Stepped up attacks: Yemen's Houthi rebels have scaled up attacks outside of its borders, recently launching a series of ballistic missiles towards airports and urban centers in Saudi Arabia.

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.

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

"Humanitarians must be able to reach the people who need help the most, without conditions", Guterres said.

Guterres was speaking on the sidelines of a United Nations pledging conference a day after an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition that supports Hadi's government killed 12 civilians in the coastal city of Hodeidah.

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"This pledging conference represents a remarkable success of global solidarity to the people of Yemen", said UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

A year ago s Yemen appeal for $2.5 billion, which was 73 percent funded, but the needs have intensified in a country battered since 2015 by a Saudi-led military offensive aimed at repelling Iran-backed Huthi rebels who control the capital.

"As important as the financial contributions to the conference is the commitment of parties to the conflict to come together to put an end to the war", Guterres said.

Last week the Houthis launched a flurry of missiles which Saudi Arabia said it had intercepted over Riyadh.

Most humanitarian aid enters Yemen through Hodeidah but the government accuses Houthis who control the port of smuggling weapons through it. "But with worldwide support, we can and must prevent this country from becoming a long-term tragedy", he said.

A fire broke out at the Houthi-controlled Yemeni port of Hodeidah early yesterday, destroying warehouses filled with cooking fuel and foodstuffs, port workers said.

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