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Yemen’s Mohammed Maitami: Early Cost of Damage Touches $15 Billion | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Caption :A journalist takes photos of a school destroyed by the country’s civil war in the southwestern city of Taiz Anees Mahyoub / Reuters

Riyadh- Damage brought about by the guerrilla war in Yemen has recently accounted for an augmented $15 billion, according to Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Mohammed Maitami.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Maitami says that the size of damage done has increased from a previously announced imprecise $12 billion. Primary evaluation has not delivered its assessment with accuracy given that most of the study was dependent on satellite retrieved footage and data, with no field review whatsoever.

Maitami added that the revised figure came after an effective aerial photography that combed six of Yemen’s districts and four cities (two situated south and two north.)

The Yemeni government carried out the field assessment in the lines of topographic impartiality, said Maitami.

Warring blocs in Yemen must be prepared to fast-track through finding a solution for restoring peace and launching nationwide reconstruction projects, commented Maitami. He says that any political gaps must be filled, rebuilding put into effect as soon as possible as to prevent a relapse.

The needs of the people of Yemen must be attended immediately, said Maitami.

The Yemeni official commented on the recently proposed roadmap for solution, put forward by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, saying that any issuing of a roadmap must be settled by national negotiating committees. Maitami added that the roadmap must also agree with Gulf initiatives and the outcome of national dialogue.

Yemen’s legitimate government, institutions, civil organizations, private sector members, cooperation council members, supply funds and members of national economic cooperation must all be ready to kickoff reconstruction instantly after the peace agreement is signed, said Maitami.