UAE Extends AED 73.5 million for Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

ABU DHABI, 10th December, 2015 (WAM)–As per the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and in the context of UAE’s response to the United Nations’ and the international organisations’ plans to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, UAE today provided AED 73.5 million (US$ 20 million) to ensure the basic needs of the people of Yemen.

Under the agreement, this grant will be channeled to number of the UN’s and international organisations to address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, including directing AED 44 million (US$ 12 million) to support health care and needs, AED 29.3 million (US$ 8 million ) to enhance the food security, children and mothers nutrition. The aid will concentrate in governorates of Taiz, Aden and Lahej, especially in support of the health care in Ta’izz.

It is worth mentioning that under the UAE’s grant given to the humanitarian organisations, AED 36.7 million (US$ 10 million) will be directed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), AED 22.2 million (US$ 6 million) to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), AED 7.34 million (US$ 2 million) to UNICEF, and AED 7.34 million (US$ 2 million) to other international organisations.

The total UAE aid provided in response to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen since last March to date has so fare reached AED 1.62 billion (USD 441 million).