Battered by Saudi Arabia, Yemen seeks humanitarian aid from India

Forgotten by the world, Yemen is now depending on India for humanitarian assistance.

The Government of India is providing medical assistance worth about US$ one million to Republic of Yemen in response to a request from the Yemeni government.

In a token handing over ceremony held on 27 December in New Delhi, Minister of State for External Affairs, M.J. Akbar presented a box of cholera medicines to Ambassador of the Republic of Yemen Abdulmalik Abdullah Al-Eryani.

As a part of its commitment to provide humanitarian assistance to Yemen, India has been a member of the ‘Friends of Yemen’ Group. India has earlier extended medical assistance to Yemen in April 2015. Additionally, India provided food assistance in the form of rice and wheat, each worth of US$ 2 million in August 2012 and March 2013 respectively.

Yemen is one of the poorest countries of the Arab world and has been suffering from a war between forces loyal to the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement.

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More than 8,600 people have been killed and 49,000 injured since March 2015, many of them in air strikes by a Saudi-led multinational coalition which backs Hadi and countless have been displaced. India is one of the friendly nations which has not turned its back on the battered Muslim nation.

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