Yemen calls for aid promises to be met

30 September 2015

About 4,500 people have been killed since the start of the Saudi-led military campaign in March

  • Yemen’s president appeals to international community to deliver on aid promises
  • Iran is blamed for supporting Houthi militias

Yemen’s President Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi has called on the international community to deliver on commitments of humanitarian aid.

“While the UN has announced an appeal for humanitarian assistance for Yemen, contributions fall short and cover a meagre portion of needs,” Al-Hadi told the UN General Assembly on 29 September. “I would address an appeal to donor countries to ensure they provide the promised assistance.”

Al-Hadi also praised the efforts of Saudi Arabia and King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in particular for his “utter determination to assist the Yemeni people”.

“Houthi militias have led us under article 51 of the UN charter to appeal to neighbouring countries to assist us to tackle them,” said Al-Hadi. “The response was a courageous one from our brothers. On behalf of the Yemeni people, I would like convey sincere thanks to [King Salman] as well as all members of the coalition who continue their efforts to assist the Yemeni people.”


Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour, Yemen, UN speech (English)


Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour, Yemen, UN speech (Arabic)

The president also went on to talk about Iran’s role in the Houthi offensive. Al-Hadi called it a “despaired attempt by Tehran to impose the Iranian model”.

Al-Hadi blamed the Houthis for the violence, saying that as “ [Yemen’s] political transition period drew to a close the Houthis carried out a military coup”.

According to the UN, about 4,500 people have been killed, including 2,100 civilians, since the start of the Saudi-led military campaign in March. The UN previously warned that the war has put a significant portion of the country’s population at risk of starvation.

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre has responded to the UN appeal for Yemen by contributing some $53m to three separate programmes run by Unicef, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

The largest pledge, $29.6m, will be received by Unicef, while the WHO and the UNDP will be receiving $22.2m and $1.7m respectively.

Initial disbursements made, as of 3 September, equate to about $15m, according to a Saudi Press Agency report.

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