Saudi soldiers stand guard before aid supplies are unloaded from a Saudi air force cargo plane at an airfield in Yemen's central province of Marib, on March 12, 2018. AFP / ABDULLAH AL-QADRY
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The U.N. urgently needs $350 million for humanitarian projects in Yemen, a senior official said Sunday, insisting it was mere "peanuts" compared with the cost of the country's war.Saudi Arabia leads a coalition in Yemen fighting the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels.The United Nations says the war in Yemen has triggered the world's largest humanitarian disaster, with 8.4 million people facing imminent famine, as the country also battles cholera and diphtheria outbreaks.The UNICEF regional head said "none of the parties, or those who have influence over the fighting parties, have for a single second ... shown the slightest respect for the protection of children".He also called for the flow of humanitarian aid into Yemen to be unimpeded.
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