Saudi Arabia to co-host UN fundraising summit for Yemen
Critics call Saudi involvement a ‘bitter irony’ as Yemen fights twin threats of famine and coronavirus
Saudi Arabia, one of the main belligerents in the five-year Yemen civil war, will for the first time act as the co-host of a United Nations humanitarian fund raising summit for Yemen. The virtual summit fund is hoping to raise $2.4bn (£1.9bn) in the second half of the year and stave off the twin threat of famine and coronavirus.
The virtual summit comes as the UN warns Yemen’s health system is buckling under the strain and major aid programs are being cut.