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Tue - 02 Jun 2020 - 06:06 PM ،،،

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 Saudi Arabia is hosting a virtual donors conference for Yemen in partnership with UN on Tuesday.

 The event, organized under the directives of King Salman, is the latest humanitarian effort for Yemen by the Kingdom, and it is urging other donor countries to participate.

Aid workers face a "race against time" to prevent catastrophe in Yemen, a country ravaged by war and a fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned the event's attendees.

"We are in a race against time. Tackling COVID-19 on top of the existing humanitarian emergency requires urgent action," Guterres said.

“If we don’t get the funding we need and if more isn’t done to suppress the virus, COVID-19 could engulf Yemen,” said Lise Grande, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, in a statement.

The UN said it hopes the event will raise more than $2 billion in aid for Yemen, which it called “one of the gravest humanitarian situations in modern history,” adding that around 80 percent of Yemenis have been negatively affected by the Houthi conflict and do not have direct access to food, clean water, shelter and health care services.

"A total of $2.3 billion is being sought to cover emergency requirements in Yemen across multiple humanitarian sectors, including medical, food and shelter assistance," a Saudi government statement said