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UAE, Saudi Arabia to provide $70m to pay Yemen teachers

Funds from Gulf countries are set to boost the salaries of 135,000 teaching staff in the conflict-hit country

UAE, Saudi Arabia to provide $70m to pay Yemen teachers
Saudi Arabia and the UAE will provide $70 million towards the salaries of teachers in Yemen, which pupils are being impacted by the ongoing conflict.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE will provide $70 million towards the salaries of teachers in Yemen, in cooperation with the United Nations and UNICEF, with each country paying half of the sum.

This was announced by Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, advisor to the Saudi Royal Court and general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre.

The Saudi Press Agency quoted Al-Rabiah as saying that the sum will boost the salaries of 135,000 teaching staff in the conflict-hit country.

Al-Rabiah added that the Saudi-led Arab Coalition are closely following the suffering of the Yemeni people as a result of deteriorating economic conditions because monthly salaries were not paid to certain segments including the educational sector.

The donation comes as part of the continued support undertaken by the coalition countries to alleviate the humanitarian and economic crisis of the Yemeni people, with over $17 billion presented since 2015 and still ongoing.

Al-Rabiah added that the responsibility of the deteriorating humanitarian and economic conditions in Yemen were due to the Houthi militias who refuse to settle the conflict politically.

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