smoke billows behind a building following an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni capital Sanaa Image Credit: AFP

Dubai: Saudi Arabia will host Yemen’s Donors Conference on June 2, with the participation of the UN.

The virtual humanitarian conference will be organised by the King Salman Relief Centre, in line with the directives of King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

The kingdom’s call for the conference is an extension of its humanitarian and development contribution globally and in Yemen in particular, where the kingdom is the first donor to Yemen.

Over the past five years, Saudi Arabia provided humanitarian and relief assistance to Yemeni refugees, as well as development assistance through reconstruction and support of the Central Bank of Yemen.

The 2020 donor conference for Yemen underlines Saudi Arabia’s leading role in supporting Yemen and relieving the suffering of the Yemeni people. The kingdom calls on donor countries to take the initiative and support efforts to make this great humanitarian conference a success by standing with Yemen and its people.

Earlier on Sunday, the coalition forces supporting the legitimacy of Yemen denied the allegations of the terrorist Houthi militia that Saudi Arabia had deported 800 Somalis to Yemen.

Colonel Turki Al Maliki, the spokesperson for the coalition forces, rebuffed these allegations as false and baseless.

Al Maliki confirmed that what the Houthi group published about the deportation of 800 Somali citizens from the kingdom to Yemen via Al Jawf province is untrue.

“These allegations are only an extension of inhumane actions and atrocities carried out the Houthi terrorist militia against migrants from African countries to Yemen,” Col. Al Maliki said.

He added the Houthi militia displaced and forced 8, 000 African immigrants in Yemen and expelled them towards the kingdom, including women and children, in an attempt to undermine border security and incite international non-government organisations by taking advantage of the global coronavirus outbreak.

Col. Al Maliki said Saudi Arabia has treated the forcibly displaced Africans with humanity and dignity, and provided them with all the necessary services, including medical and relief services as well as shelter.