Saudi Arabia confirms Yemen donors' conference with UN next week

Al Jazeera 

Saudi Arabia has confirmed it will host a virtual donors' conference next week for Yemen together with the United Nations, which has said the conflict-riven nation risks being overwhelmed by the coronavirus. The state-run Saudi Press Agency on Friday cited a directive from King Salman confirming Tuesday's donor conference with which the UN aims to raise $2.4bn in one of the biggest aid operations so far. "If we don't get the funding we need and if more isn't done to suppress the virus, COVID-19 could engulf Yemen," Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, said in a statement. Millions of people need aid in Yemen, whose government was removed from the capital, Sanaa. The next year, a Saudi-led military coalition intervened to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power.