Saudi Arabia has donated $67m to fight the cholera outbreak in Yemen.
Saudi’s new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, who recently replaced his cousin as next in line to the throne, ordered the donation.
“Saudi Arabia is committed to working closely with our aid partners to effectively address the cholera and general humanitarian situation in Yemen,” said Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, an adviser at the royal court and general supervisor of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.
“We will continue to work with our partners across a broad range of humanitarian and relief efforts for the people of Yemen,” he added.
Ironically, Saudi Arabia has contributed to the instability – and by extension the cholera outbreak – in Yemen as part of the Arab coalition participating in the military offensive.
As a result of the ongoing conflict, more than 14.5 million people in Yemen do not have regular access to clean water and sanitation. The sewers in the capital stopped functioning on 17 April, according to the BBC.
And ten days later, cholera had broken out.