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Gulf States Reaffirm Commitment to Relief Efforts in Yemen

Gulf States Reaffirm Commitment to Relief Efforts in Yemen

Friday, 10 August, 2018 - 06:45
Riyadh - Asharq Al-Awsat
The GCC Relief and Humanitarian Aid Coordination Office (GAFC) for Yemen convened its 25th meeting on Thursday at the headquarters of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid And Relief Center in Riyadh.

The meeting, chaired by representative of GCC Secretariat and Acting Chair of the GCC Mission in Yemen Sarhan al-Meneikher, discussed the aid projects offered by GAFC's donors and the projects to be implemented in the future.

During the meeting, Meneikher stressed GCC support to the Yemeni government's efforts and relief projects to aid the Yemeni people. He denounced human rights abuses committed by Houthis in Hodeidah and other parts of Yemen, slamming the persistence of the rebels in hampering relief efforts.

He also called on the international community to denounce the targeting of relief and commercial ships, and threats to navigation in the Red Sea, reaffirming that the insurgent acts towards aid won’t stop GCC states from providing assistance.

Yemen’s Deputy Minister of Local Administration Abdulsalam Ba-Aboud commended the humanitarian aid offered by GCC countries to the residents of Hodeidah, as well as the airdrops to the besieged people in several parts of Yemen.

Ba-Aboud presented a comprehensive humanitarian offer regarding the developments of the humanitarian condition in Yemen and the conditions in Hodeidah amid ongoing militia crimes and violations, the use of the humanitarian crisis in the governorate as a pretext to blackmail the international community and organizations, and shelling of civilians in the governorate.

He decried the insurgents' hindrance to local and international aid organizations and the polio vaccination campaign in Hodeidah, their looting of financial assets and stopping the distribution of medicine to combat cholera in Hodeidah and Ibb.

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