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U.N. chief Guterres says a 'disappointing' $1.7 billion pledged for Yemen aid in 2021

FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech at the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, December 18, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/

NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday that a “disappointing” $1.7 billion had been pledged for humanitarian aid in Yemen in 2021, warning that “cutting aid is a death sentence.”

The United Nations has been seeking $3.85 billion to avert a large-scale famine in Yemen. Guterres said in a statement the $1.7 billion raised on Monday was “less than we received for the humanitarian response plan in 2020 and a billion dollars less than was pledged at the conference we held in 2019.”

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chris Reese