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A UN conference on Yemen is taking place in Geneva, and aid is being pledged to support the humanitarian crisis. Canada pledges $47M in aid at conference on Yemen | CBC News
As nations gathered Tuesday in Geneva at a United Nations conference on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the Canadian government said it is pledging $46.7 million in aid.
Canada has announced $46.7 million in aid, Saudi Arabia has announced $500 million, and the US has announced $24 million.
Saudi Arabia announced a $500 million US contribution at the Geneva pledging conference while the U.S. delegation promised $24 US million.
Total contributions have reached $2.6 billion.
UN secretary general Antonio Guterres said Tuesday pledges had reached $2.6 billion US, a 30 per cent increase on the amount pledged at a similar donors conference last year.
Under the 18th of December truce, both side were to withdraw their troops from the port city of Hodeidah, a port which is critical for allowing aid to reach people facing starvation. However, both sides have been slow in complying with the withdrawal, missing several dead lines.
A truce that came into force on Dec. 18 at meetings in Sweden has largely held despite skirmishes on the city's outskirts, but Guterres admitted Tuesday progress has been slow in implementing a troop withdrawal in Hodeidah, a lifeline for millions facing starvation.
The Iran-aligned Houthi movement controls the Red Sea city, now a focus of the war, while other Yemeni factions backed by a Saudi-led coalition loyal to the ousted government are massed on the edges. Both sides were meant to redeploy forces by Jan. 7 and a timeline announced last week was also missed.
There is hope that the new withdrawal target of this week will be met.
UN special envoy Martin Griffiths arrived in the Houthi-held capital Sanaa on Tuesday to salvage the deal.
Michael Aron, Britain's ambassador to Yemen, told Reuters in Geneva he hoped the withdrawal would take place this week.
"It really has to happen .... If there isn't implementation of Stockholm, we're not back to square one, we're back to square minus one," he said.
Renewal of fighting in Hodeidah could lead to mass famine in Yemen, already suffering what the UN has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
Such an offensive could disrupt supply lines, risking a mass famine in the poorest Arabian Peninsula nation, which is grappling with the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis.
The war has come under increasing internation attention and criticism since the murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Western nations have pressed for an end to the war following increased scrutiny after the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, with U.S. Congress rebuking the administration's support for the Saudi coalition.
 
The US senate has voted to end support for Saudi Arabia in the war in Yemen. This will now move to the lower house where they are expected to vote the same way as well.
U.S. Senate votes to end support for Saudi war in Yemen | CBC News
The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to end the country's support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition's war in Yemen, bringing Congress one step closer to an unprecedented rebuke of President Donald Trump's foreign policy. (...) Next, it will move to the Democratic-controlled House, where it is expected to pass.
Trump is expected to be unhappy about this.
The vote puts Congress on a collision course with Trump, who has already threatened to veto the resolution, which the White House says raises "serious constitutional concerns."
As well as the war itself being considered a disaster, the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabian officials in Istanbul has also been a factor in this decision.
Trump's support for Saudi Arabia has been a point of tension with Congress since the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year. Lawmakers from both parties have criticized Trump for not condemning Saudi Arabia strongly enough for the killing.
 

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