Saudi Arabia intercepts another ballistic missile fired from Yemen

Elias Hubbard
January 22, 2018

The Yemeni foreign minister said "the legitimate government of Yemen, in common with the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, supports a peaceful solution", in comments translated into Russian.

The coalition pledged funding of 40 million US dollars for the expansion of ports to accommodate additional humanitarian shipment, adding that it would set up an air corridor between Riyadh and the central Yemeni province of Marib to run multiple aid flights of C130 cargo planes. "The initiatives of comprehensive humanitarian operations will increase Yemen's imports receiving capability from 1.1 million metric tonnes per month in 2017 to 1.4 million metric tonnes per month", Al-Jubeir added.

The announcement came after Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chose to transfer 2 billion dollars to the Central Bank of Yemen last week, in an attempt to stabilize the collapsing Yemeni currency.

The announcement of expanded relief measures comes almost three years after a Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen's civil war to defeat the Houthis, a rebel group that ousted Yemen's government.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir attends a meeting of foreign ministers of member states of Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Monday.

The Saudi promises of financial aid and assurances that aid corridors would be off-limits to airstrikes were "welcome steps" said Scott Paul, the humanitarian policy lead at Oxfam America.

The Saudi-led coalition has come under mounting global criticism for civilian casualties caused by airstrikes, the destruction of basic infrastructure and its blockade of key Yemeni ports, which are a lifeline for vital imports. Turki bin Saleh al-Malki, a coalition spokesman, said in the statement.

He said the coalition is working to establish a mechanism with the global community and relief organizations to ensure that relief aid is delivered to those who deserve it.

"War was not our choice, war was imposed on us", he said.

A series of missiles launched from Yemen targeted the capital Riyadh and several border towns, triggering a sharp Saudi response - the closure of Yemen's ports and borders that were already under an extensive blockade.

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