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UAE pledges extra $500m to Yemen aid programme

Since April 2015, the UAE has provided $2.83bn, says it will continue to provide direct assistance to Yemen

UAE pledges extra $500m to Yemen aid programme

The UAE has pledged AED1.84 billion ($500 million) to support the United Nations 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, which aims to reach more than 13 million underprivileged individuals in Yemen.

The move is part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition to alleviate the suffering of Yemeni people from the Iranian-backed Houthi militias, state news agency WAM reported on Wednesday.

The coalition has announced a total provision of $1.5 billion to support the United Nations YHRP, which is equivalent to more than half of the needs of the response plan. The UAE and Saudi Arabia alone provided $1 billion.

The aid will seek to rehabilite roads, ports, and airports to increase the flow of goods, relief aid, and fuel for hospitals, power plants and public buildings.

Since April 2015, the UAE has provided AED10.4 billion ($2.83 billion) and it will continue to provide direct assistance to Yemen and support programmes to restore stability and rehabilitation of infrastructure, WAM added.