U.S. senators urge State Department to do more to help Yemen

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U.S. senators urge State Department to do more to help Yemen

A woman appears as she sits with her children in a camp for internally displaced people in the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen. March 1, 2021.The founders of the ReUTERS Khaled Abdullah are:

On Tuesday, a international group of U.S. senators pressed the state department to turn to bipartisan donors in order to alleviate a $2.5 billion hole in aid for Yemen.

Their move underscored the continuing concern of Congress over the effects of the civil war of Arabian Peninsula.

Today, nearly 50,000 people are living in famine-like conditions and 5 million more just a step away.Unlike in 2018 the International community has so far generally failed to rise to the challenge and provide the robust funding needed to stave off this catastrophe, wrote the senators in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and seen by Reuters.

The letter noted that the U.N.’s $3.4 billion appeal in 2020 was only 50% funded and its $4.2 billion appeal was 87% funded in 2019.And this year, just 34% of the appeal has been fulfilled, said the letter, from the Democrats Todd Young and Jeanne Shaheen and Republicans Chris Murphy and Jeff Moran.

Noting that Australia and Sweden are leading the fundraising effort for Yemen, they urged Blinken to collect major donors.

In 2015, a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition intervened in Yemen after Iran-aligned Houthi group ousted the country's government.The Yemeni civil war has been called as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world for millions of civilians, affecting the United Nations.

Since the introduction of Joe Biden in January, US president Joe Biden has made Yemen a priority.Tim Lenderking appointed Special Envoy for Yemen to help revive stalled efforts to end the conflict.

Lenderking just traveled to Saudi Arabia and Oman, for talks with government officials about efforts to end the war.U.S. lawmakers have repeatedly called for more action to ease the crisis and have opposed some military sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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