Yemen / by Michelle Ryan

The Houthi-supported Yemeni government of Prime Minister Abdulaziz bin Habtour won a vote of confidence from the Yemeni parliament on 11 December concerning the government’s programme to combat Saudi aggression in the country and to address the social, economic, and security problems in Yemen. A major funding appeal by British charities began on 13 December with the hope of improving the humanitarian situation in Yemen. The Scottish government donated GBP 250,000 to the Disaster Emergency Committee’s crisis appeal for Yemen on 13 December. King Salman of Saudi Arabia called for an end in foreign interference in Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen on 15 December. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) pledged on 29 December to hold a conference of humanitarian assistance for the ongoing Yemen conflict. An aid ship, operated by the Emirati charity Emirates Red Crescent, arrived in the port of Al Mukalla on 31 December with equipment to help stabilise electricity output in the southern region on Hadramaut. A ship travelling from Al Mukalla to the Yemeni island of Socotra capsized with nearly 60 people on board on 6 December. Oxfam warned in a report released on 6 December that Yemen is only a few months away from running out of food. The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for an attack in the city of Aden on 10 December that killed 45 pro-government soldiers. Saudi Arabian troops were killed by sniper fire on 25 December in the Najran province of Yemen.Yemeni media reported on 30 December that around 150 IS fighters from Syria were transported to Yemen by a Turkish aircraft.

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