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Saudi Vows To Cover UN Aid Call For Yemen’s Humanitarian Appeal

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Saudi Arabia-led coalition of war against Yemen, pledged Saturday to cover the entire $274 million in humanitarian aid sought by the UN for conflict-torn Yemen.

The United Nations says hundreds of people have died and thousands of families fled their homes since the air war was launched by Saudi Arabia on March 26.

Fighting and air strikes over the past two days have left hundreds people dead in Yemen, according to medics, military and tribal sources.

Saudi King Salman ordered the humanitarian pledge following a United Nations appeal on Friday for $274 million (253 million euros) in emergency assistance for the millions affected by Yemen’s war.

The kingdom “stands with its Yemeni brothers” and hopes for “the restoration of security and stability”, the state Saudi Press Agency said, quoting an official statement.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Johannes Van Der Klaauw said in Friday’s appeal: “Ordinary families are struggling to access healthcare, water, food and fuel — basic requirements for their survival.”

Aid has only trickled into Yemen, largely because of restrictions imposed by the coalition on its airspace and ports.

On Friday, Tehran submitted a four-point Yemen peace plan to UN chief Ban Ki-moon. It calls for a ceasefire and immediate end to all foreign military attacks, the urgent delivery of humanitarian and medical aid, a resumption of political talks and the formation of a national unity government.