Saudi Arabia to Establish Unified Coordination Relief Center for Yemen
May 04, 2015
Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir announced today that Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners are in the process of establishing a unified center to coordinate relief efforts for Yemen that would enable United Nations delivery of $274 million in humanitarian aid donated by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz on April 17, 2015 and in accordance with the framework of continuing and enhancing humanitarian relief efforts in Yemen.
Minister Al-Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia is consulting with coalition members and all countries supporting the coalition’s efforts in Yemen in order to determine specific areas in Yemen where humanitarian aid to be delivered. The foreign minister added that all air operations would cease at specific times in these areas to allow the delivery of relief supplies in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2216 (2015).
Mr. Al-Jubeir warned that Houthi militias and forces loyal to former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh will try to exploit the ceasefire and prevent the people of Yemen from receiving aid. He reiterated that Saudi Arabia will respond to any violations of this ceasefire by resuming air attacks targeted at Houthi militia groups.