Canada to provide $12-million to humanitarian groups in Yemen

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Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition of around ten Muslim-Arab countries, has been criticised for its military presence in Yemen. The meeting would mobilise the urgent resources required to address the critical situation and provide the requirements of the current phase in coordination with the Yemeni Government and regional and worldwide partners, including King Salman Relief Center, the United Nations and its humanitarian and development agencies, through the OIC humanitarian action coordination mechanism.

With the crisis in war-ravaged Yemen continuing to deteriorate, United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners have launched a $2.96 billion response plan to reach over 13 million people with lifesaving assistance.

The Saudis have allocated almost $57 billion for military spending in 2018, or about 22 percent of the overall government budget for this year.

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The majority of the new Canadian funding - $6.5-million (Canadian) - will go to the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide emergency food supplies, such as flour, salt and sugar, to the most needy people across Yemen.

The announcement came after Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a decision to transfer $2 billion to the Central Bank of Yemen last week, in an attempt to stabilise the collapsing Yemeni currency. "[The] US, UK, France and all other states selling arms to the #Saudi-led coalition must halt arms sales now!", the organisation said Friday in a post on Twitter.

Beginning in 2015, a Riyadh-backed regime has been struggling to keep power in Yemen against a rebellion of Tehran-backed armed Houthi militants, in a proxy war between two major Middle East powers that has seen over 10,000 killed, including over half of those casualties counted as civilians.

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- More than 8 million people are totally dependent on food assistance and considered a "step away from famine", according to the United Nations.

Medics said five other civilians were seriously wounded. A cholera outbreak has infected one million people, further straining Yemen's already devastated health-care system.

"Today, humanitarian partners appeal to the global community to support this critical lifeline", he added.

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"A generation of children is growing up in suffering and deprivation", OCHA said. The U.S. supports the coalition with refueling, logistics and intelligence.

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