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Bahrain to build hospital in Yemen amid 'humanitarian crisis'

GCC countries continue to launch construction projects as part of humanitarian relief efforts in war-torn Yemen

Bahrain confirmed plans to build a cardiac centre at a UN summit in Switzerland.
Bahrain confirmed plans to build a cardiac centre at a UN summit in Switzerland.

Bahrain has pledged to build a medical centre in Yemen as part of a broad range of GCC measures to tackle the humanitarian crisis in a country locked in civil war since 2015.

The announcement to build a “cardiac centre” in Yemen was made by the Bahraini government during the kingdom’s participation at a United Nations (UN) fundraising event in Geneva, Switzerland, for Yemen.

No construction details, such as cost, size, project timeline or location were disclosed by Bahrain, which said only that would “build a cardiac centre in Yemen”, according to the state-run Bahrain News Agency (BNA).

READ: ERC funds construction of secondary school in Yemen

Dr Mustafa Al-Sayyed, secretary-general of Bahrain’s Royal Charity Organisation, made a speech at the UN conference in which he confirmed the kingdom was working on building a heart care centre in Yemen.

The project is in line with directions of HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and was launched to “support the brotherly Yemeni people”,  Al-Sayyed said, according to BNA.

Around $2bn of funding was raised to scale up aid delivery in Yemen at the UN conference. The UAE and Saudi Arabia pledged nearly $1bn to support the UN Humanitarian Response Plan in Yemen for 2018.

The people of #Yemen are facing the world's largest humanitarian crisis. 75% of the population are hungry, sick and in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

Today at @UNGeneva, we appeal for funds & access: https://t.co/svtO62MqB7 pic.twitter.com/h1LQbCXArf

— UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) April 3, 2018

Yemeni Foreign Minister, Abdulmalik Al Mekhlafi, said "the war, imposed by the Houthi rebel militias, has had a severe impact on the Yemeni people and on the country's economy.”

He said that 65 relief ships and 580 trucks carrying humanitarian aid had been apprehended by militias, preventing food and supplies from reaching those in need.

GCC nations have been involved in numerous construction projects in Yemen as part of its humanitarian relief efforts. In the last month alone, the UAE’s Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation completed an expansion of Yemen’s Hawlaf Port, while Emirates Red Crescent reopened a school and feeding centre that it had restored and retrofitted.

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