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Saudi Arabia deposits $200 mn to shore up Yemen riyal

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to deposit $200 million in the Yemeni central bank to help stem a slide in the value of the riyal that has caused food prices in the famine-threatened country to soar. King Salman "approved a request" from Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to provide the emergency credit, the official Saudi Press Agency reported late Monday. The oil-rich kingdom, which leads a coalition fighting Houthis in support of Hadi's beleaguered government, already deposited $2 billion in the central bank in January…

Famine survey warns of thousands dying daily in Yemen if ports stay closed

GENEVA:  A U.S.-funded famine survey said on Tuesday that thousands of Yemenis could die daily if a Saudi-led military coalition does not lift its blockade on the country’s key ports. The warning came a day after the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said 2.5 million people in Yemen’s crowded cities had no access to clean water, raising the risk that a cholera epidemic will spread. Using the internationally recognized IPC 5-point scale for classifying food security, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network…

Countries pledge $1.1bn to avert Yemen famine

GENEVA: Countries around the world on Tuesday pledged more than one billion dollars to help prevent a looming famine in war-torn Yemen at a conference UN chief Antonio Guterres called a "remarkable success." Yet the $1.1 billion (1.0 billion euros) promised fell far short of the $2.1 billion the United Nations has estimated is needed this year alone in a country facing "a tragedy of immense proportions." But Guterres praised the generosity of donor nations, pointing out that such conferences generally do not gather…

Mideast conflicts leave millions unsure of next meal: UN

CAIRO: The devastating conflicts gripping the Middle East and North Africa have left 30 million people unsure of their next meal, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said. "Food security and nutrition levels in the Near East and North Africa have sharply deteriorated over the last five years," the agency said in a report released Monday. "The prevalence of severe food insecurity in the adult population... was close to 9.5 percent in 2014-2015, representing approximately 30 million people," it said. "Countries such as…

Yemeni women rally against war outside UN offices

SANAA: Dozens of women staged a sit-in outside UN offices in Yemen's capital Tuesday demanding an end to the country's war that has left millions displaced and at risk of famine. Girls and women of all ages carried the red, white and black Yemeni flag as they sang the national anthem, some with their babies wrapped in the flag or sporting nails painted in national colours. "We are here to speak for the women of Yemen who are calling for peace -- true peace, peace for us and our children," read a statement in Arabic…

1.4 million children face famine in four countries: UNICEF

UNITED NATIONS: Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN children's agency said Monday. In Yemen, where war has been raging for nearly two years, 462,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition while 450,000 children are severely malnourished in northeast Nigeria. Fews Net, the famine early warning system, said some remote areas of Nigeria's Borno state are already affected by famine since late last year and…