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US pledges USD 290 million humanitarian assistance to Yemen

WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (KUNA) -- The US pledged on Wednesday USD 290 million in humanitarian assistance to Yemen, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
This brings the total amount provided by Washington to the war-torn country to over USD 4 billion, a statement read, mentioning that the initiative aims to "alleviate the suffering of the people of Yemen." "It contributes to international humanitarian partnersآ’ efforts to assist the 20 million people who rely on life-saving humanitarian assistance to survive, providing food, health, water, sanitation, hygiene, shelter, protection, and education for internally displaced and conflict-affected Yemenis, as well as for refugee populations and asylum seekers in Yemen," said Blinken.
"Our assistance also supports prevention and treatment of malnutrition, rehabilitation of water systems to provide safe drinking water, providing shelter supplies and hygiene items help keep people healthy and protect against COVID-19, and helping families earn an income and rebuild their livelihoods," the secretary added. (end) rsr.sd