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Coalition: Houthi-Iranian attack targets Saudi oil tanker west of Hudaydah port

04 April 2018

A year ago s Yemen appeal for $2.5 billion, which was 73 percent funded, but the needs have intensified in a country battered since 2015 by a Saudi-led military offensive aimed at repelling Iran-backed Huthi rebels who control the capital.

The 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen requires $2.96 billion to reach more than 13 million people across the country.

More than 22 million people in Yemen are in need of aid.

"Yemen is the world's worst humanitarian crisis".

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said Houthi rebels have attacked a Saudi oil tanker, causing "minor damage".

More recently, the Houthi movement claimed to have fired a ballistic missile targeting Saudi Aramco in the southern Saudi province of Najran two weeks ago.

"We all know that there is a war".

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Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a military intervention in Yemen in 2015 with the aim of rolling back the Houthi rebels who had seized the capital and restoring the government to power. We need unrestricted access everywhere inside Yemen and we need all the parties to the conflict to respect worldwide humanitarian law, and to protect civilians.

"While these contributions will provide some immediate relief, no amount of humanitarian or development assistance will end this conflict and the suffering of millions", the agency acknowledged. "The solution has always been political". "I urge all parties to engage with my new Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, without delay", Guterres said.

According to the United Nations, 8.4 million people are on the verge of starvation in Yemen, where food imports are essential to sustain the population.

The Saudi-led coalition shut down the country s land, sea and air borders previous year in response to a missile attack by the Huthis that was intercepted near Riyadh.

While the coalition has eased the blockade, restriction on deliveries persist.

"Funding won't help if the assistance doesn't reach the people in need, and lack of humanitarian access remains a key obstacle to organizations working in Yemen", said Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate. "In addition, commercial imports, which account for most of Yemen's food, fuel, and medicine, must have the same freedom of movement".

Coalition: Houthi-Iranian attack targets Saudi oil tanker west of Hudaydah port