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International donors pledge $2bn for Yemen at UN event

UN chief Antonio Guterres welcomes financial aid as Yemen's foreign minister urges talks to end three-year war.

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A pledging event in Geneva was co-chaired by the UN, Sweden and Switzerland [Pierre Albouy/Reuters]

International donors have pledged more than $2bn in humanitarian aid to provide life-saving assistance and protection to the people of Yemen bearing the brunt of a deadly conflict now its fourth year.

Forty countries and organisations committed to donate $2.01bn on Tuesday during a pledging event in the Swiss city of Geneva, which was cochaired by the UN, Sweden and Switzerland.

The UN and its humanitarian partners had launched an appeal for $2.96bn to mobilise urgently needed resources for millions affected across the Arabian Peninsula country.

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