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    The Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, launched in Geneva last month, is currently just 2 percent funded, according to spokesman for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) Leo Dobbs.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) — Yemen has received just 2 percent of $1.8 billion required to provide 13.6 million people with necessary humanitarian assistance, spokesman for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) Leo Dobbs said Tuesday.

    "The Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, launched in Geneva last month, seeks $1.8 billion for more than 100 humanitarian partners to provide critical and life-saving assistance to 13.6 million people in need. It is currently just 2 percent funded," Dobbs told reporters in Geneva.

    Yemen is engulfed in a military conflict between Houthis, the country’s main opposition faction, and government forces. In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states began airstrikes against Houthi positions in Yemen at the request of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

    According to UNHCR data, in 2015, donors provided $892 million out of $1.6 billion, or 56 percent, requested by humanitarian organizations in Yemen.

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