UN chief: Appeal for Yemen raises ‘disappointing’ $1.7B

CAIRO (AP) — A United Nations appeal for aid to Yemen to alleviate the world’s worst humanitarian disaster raised some $1.7 billion — a result the U.N. chief called “disappointing.” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Monday for countries to “consider again what they can do to help stave off the worst famine the world has seen in decades.” Yemen’s war started in 2014 when the Iran-backed rebel Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, and much of the country’s north. The Saudi-led, U.S.-backed coalition intervened months later to dislodge the rebels and restore the internationally recognized government.