Saudi-led airstrike kills 14 in Yemen

Saudi-led airstrike kills 14 in Yemen

Saudi-led airstrike kills 14 in Yemen

The White House on Wednesday said it was "very concerned" about Yemen's Houthi rebels trying to "escalate the war" in the ravaged Arab country by attacking a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea the previous day.

The Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition which includes other Sunni Muslim states, says the Houthis attacked the oil tanker off Yemen's main port of Hodeidah on Tuesday.

"As a result of that attack, the tanker was subjected to a slight but ineffective hit and it resumed its naval course northwards, escorted by a coalition warship", a statement said.

"The Houthis should immediately stop their indiscriminate missile attacks on populated areas of Saudi Arabia", said HRW's Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson.

A European Union naval force that operates in the region confirmed the ship was underway, adding that the crew were safe and unharmed.

Last week, Saudi air defences intercepted a flurry of missiles, and falling debris caused the first death in the capital Riyadh. Tehran and the Houthis deny the charge. "Forty countries and organizations committed to donate $2.01bn on Tuesday during a pledging event in the Swiss city of Geneva, which was co-chaired by the U.N., Sweden, and Switzerland..."

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates intervened in a civil war in Yemen in 2015 against the Houthis to restore the internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The United States announced almost $87 million in additional humanitarian aid, while the European Union pledged €107.5 million in new funding this year. The United Nations said that blockade raised the danger of mass starvation, and it was partially lifted. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates each pledged $500 million, making up almost half of the $2.01 billion total promised by 40 states.

"An appeal that raised some $2 billion to help millions of people in Yemen was a "remarkable success of worldwide solidarity" for the country's war-weary people, but aid alone will not provide a solution to the conflict, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday..."

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