Boys stand around the wreckage of a vehicle at the site of a car bomb attack next to a Shiite mosque in Sanaa, Yemen, July 29, 2015. (AP/Hani Mohammed)
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The $274 million that Saudi Arabia promised months ago to fund a U.N. emergency aid appeal for Yemen hasn't arrived because the kingdom and the world body are still discussing the terms of the funding, while aid groups begin to warn that people trapped by the conflict are on the brink of starvation.Aid workers have expressed concern that Saudi Arabia has asked for restrictions on the $274 million to keep the Houthis from benefiting from the aid.On Thursday, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, told reporters that memoranda of understanding between Saudi Arabia and various U.N. agencies remain to be signed, and that discussions continue. O'Brien, who plans to visit Yemen in the coming weeks, has said the U.N.'s overall humanitarian aid appeal of $1.6 billion for the country is only 15 percent funded.
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