Turkey sends financial aid to Yemen over chronic famine

Turkey sent a financial aid of 100 thousand USD to Yemeni people who are under threat of chronic famine.

Turkey sends financial aid to Yemen over chronic famine

Turkey sent a financial aid of 100 thousand USD to Yemeni people who are under threat of chronic famine because of natural disasters, price increases and ongoing armed clashes in northern parts of the country.

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement on Saturday, expressed concerns about developments in Yemen targeting political stability of the country, Anadolu Agency said.

"We attach great importance to national unity and territorial integrity of Yemen in regard to peace and stability in whole region. We will continue making contributions to prosperity of Yemeni people.

"The World Food Program made a call on July 7 for Yemeni people. Turkey contributed to it by sending a financial aid of 100 thousand USD. This aid is a tangible sign of Turkey's friendly feelings for Yemen and its people," the Ministry said.

Last month, a new wave of fighting erupted between Shi'ite Muslims of the Zaydi sect and government forces. The conflict first began in 2004.

U.N. aid agencies say more than 100,000 people, many of them children, have fled their homes during the surge in fighting. They launched an appeal in Geneva this week for $23.5 million to help Yemen. Thousands are thought to be staying in tented camps.

Information about the conflict has been hard to verify because northern provinces have been closed to media.

The insurgents, demanding more autonomy, say they oppose the spread Sunni practices and the ruling party of veteran Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Agencies
Last Mod: 06 Eylül 2009, 11:49
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