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A donor pledging event organised by Saudi Arabia and the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs to raise money for relief works in Yemen fell some way short of its goal on 2 June. According to UN under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief co-ordinator Mark Lowcock, donors pledged some $1.35bn, well below the $2.41bn that aid agencies estimate they need to pay for essential aid between now and December, including programmes to counter Covid-19.
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