Yemeni fighters secure a building where UAE Red Crescent distribute aid to displaced people in Al-Mokha, Yemen March 6, 2018.REUTERS/Aziz El Yaakoubi
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The United Nations is beefing up its inspections of ships bringing humanitarian aid to Yemen to ensure that no military items are being smuggled and to speed delivery of desperately-needed relief supplies, U.N. and Saudi officials say.Under an arms embargo imposed by the U.N. Security Council, monitors from the U.N. Verification and Inspection Mechanism are based in ports in Djibouti, Dubai, Jeddah and Salalah to observe screening of cargo destined for Yemen.A major U.N. pledging conference on Yemen was held this week, drawing pledges of more than $2 billion toward a $3 billion U.N. humanitarian appeal.Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which lead coalition airstrikes in Yemen in support of the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi, have contributed $930 million.Hadi's embattled government was driven out of Yemen's capital in 2014 by the Houthis, who control Sanaa and much of northern Yemen.
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