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$1.2bn fund set up to support sacked Yemeni state employees, soldiers

Yemen has launched a $1.2bn fund to give back tens of thousands of southern Yemenis jobs they lost after the 1994 civil war, as part of efforts to revive talks aimed at ending the country's longstanding political divisions, Reuters has reported. Qatar agreed to contribute $350m to the fund, which will be used to rehire or compensate tens of thousands of civil servants and soldiers sacked after North Yemen won the civil war, said international cooperation minister, Mohammed al-Sa'adi. A source at Qatar's foreign ministry declined to confirm if the Gulf country had pledged the $350m.