Saudi oil tanker hit in Houthi attack off Yemen

Saudi oil tanker hit in Houthi attack off Yemen

Saudi oil tanker hit in Houthi attack off Yemen

Worldwide donors today pledged more than US$2 billion to support the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid to millions of people in Yemen during a pledging event in Geneva, co-chaired by the United Nations, Sweden and Switzerland.

More than 22 million people in Yemen are in need of aid.

Asked if he saw a contradiction in the Saudi stance towards Yemen, Guterres said a country s humanitarian commitments and military actions should be kept separate.

A Saudi oil tanker was targeted by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement on Tuesday afternoon local time off Yemen's port of Hodeidah, sustaining minor damages and completing its course north, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya reported, citing the Arab coalition that is fighting the Houthis in Yemen.

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"We all know that there is a war".

Saudi Arabia and its allies have repeatedly been accused of hitting civilians targets including hospitals and markets in their three-year campaign against the Huthis.

"Independent of the fact that there is a war, there are humanitarian obligations that are assumed by countries", he said.

"While these contributions will provide some immediate relief, no amount of humanitarian or development assistance will end this conflict and the suffering of millions", the agency acknowledged.

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The Saudi aggression was launched in March 2015 in support of Yemen's former Riyadh-friendly government and against the country's Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective administration.

"The countries that are also party to the conflict were party to these worldwide efforts to support the people of Yemen". "Above all, we need a serious political process to lead to a political solution".

The war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than 2 million, and driven the country - already the poorest on the Arabian Peninsula - to the verge of starvation.

The Saudi-led coalition shut down the country's land, sea and air borders past year in response to a missile attack by the Houthis that was intercepted near Riyadh. "In addition, commercial imports, which account for most of Yemen's food, fuel, and medicine, must have the same freedom of movement".

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