The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will grant US$ 500 million, the Saudi deputy defense minister tweeted on Thursday, in contribution to the UN 2020 humanitarian response plan in Yemen, beside a $25-million assistance for anti-COVID-19 efforts.
"Yemen is today vulnerable to further suffering if the corona pandemic spreads," Prince Khalid Bin Salman added. "So, the Kingdom has announced a contribution of 500 million dollar to the UN 2020 humanitarian response plan in Yemen, in addition to 25 million dollar for combating the anti-COVID-19.
"Houthi failure to respond to calls for seriously dealing with corona pandemic risk makes all the Yemeni people subject to more suffering, and will bear its sin.
"Ceasefire in Yemen reflects Saudi efforts to achieve stability in the region," Bin Salman said. "It's an opportunity for Houthis to show that they are not a tool in Iran's hands."
The Saudi deputy defense minister hoped that the "two-week ceasefire will present a more-effective climate to lessen tensions, work towards sustainable political solution, and focus all efforts on the Yemeni people's health and safety."
No coronavirus cases have been recorded in Yemen so far.