Arab League chief warns against “catastrophic” humanitarian situation in Yemen


CAIRO, June 15 (Xinhua) — Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul Gheit warned on Monday that the humanitarian situation in Yemen “will turn catastrophic.”

In a statement, Abul Gheit urged the international community to mobilize efforts and bear their financial responsibilities to rescue Yemen from a horrific fate.

He noted that the donor conference co-hosted by Saudi Arabia and the United Nations on June 2 failed to collect the desired funds.

The conference only secured 637 million U.S. dollars, less than half of the needed sum to save Yemen, according to the statement.

“Yemen needs nearly 4 billion dollars to drag it from the drastic impact of war that devastated the whole country,” the statement said, noting 80 percent of the Yemeni population depend on daily aid for living.

According to the UN report titled “Yemen: 2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview,” 2 million Yemeni children are suffering from acute malnutrition.

Since the beginning of 2020, some 80,000 more people in Yemen have been uprooted from their homes, taking the total displaced population to almost 4 million, according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

In addition to COVID-19, cholera continues to threaten the lives of Yemenis, with 110,000 people contracting it so far this year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of the Humanitarian Affairs. Enditem


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