In yet another display of its two-faced foreign policy, Saudi Arabia signed three executive humanitarian programs with the United Nations to help Yemenis just days before killing 20 people in northern Yemen.
After international appeals for Yemen’s aid, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center teamed up with the United Nations Development Program, World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund to ensure food security, medical care and child care, respectively.
While the first agreement totals $1.7 million, according to Gulf News, the second surpasses $22 million and the third $29.6 million.
Handing out generous donations in aid is nothing new for Saudi Arabia. However, the fact the Gulf kingdom is offering humanitarian aid to a country it attacked is downright hypocritical.
Just on Sept. 6, jets belonging to a Saudi-led coalition killed at least 20 people at a wake in northern Yemen. Overall, ever since the conflict began in May, more than 4,500 people have been killed in the conflict, including hundreds of children.
The onslaught has been described as “catastrophic” by the UN, with 80 percent of the Yemeni population currently in need of aid.
Perhaps Saudi Arabia should focus more on observing a ceasefire than pouring out cash for Yemen because peace is the only thing that can prevent additional destruction and loss of life.