Jeddah truck traffic to be regulated

Updated 31 December 2012
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Jeddah truck traffic to be regulated

Nine government and private agencies have been formed to draw out a permanent plan to deal with traffic congestion in Jeddah. The plan, which will also organize traffic and the entry of trucks, is in line with the directives of Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who approved the proposal in a meeting last Saturday at the municipality headquarters.
An urgent, temporary phase includes seven points, after which the committee will evaluate the performance of the system to apply a permanent solution.
The temporary plan includes limiting the entry time of water, gas, fuel, sewage, and garbage trucks as well as nutrition and animal transport vehicles into the city on weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Concrete mixer transporting trucks and asphalt transport trucks will also fall in this category.
The period from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. will be open for all other services, which include transport equipment, timber, and building materials trucks.
On Thursday and Friday, all trucks will be allowed entry from 1 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon.
Prince Mishaal asked trucks and vehicle drivers to abide by the regulations, instructions, and safety means issued in this regard for their own safety as well as the safety of other road users to alleviate congestion and anticipate traffic jams that result from it.
For his part, Yasser Al-Madah, director of protocol and public relations at the Jeddah governorate, said the interim phase centered on trucks going in and out of the city so as not to affect road users. The phase will be under the supervision of the General Administration for Roads and Transportation and the Special Force for Road Security at the main entrances to the city of Jeddah.
Al-Madah pointed out that the second phase, which is planned to be implemented within the next three months, will be in cooperation with government and private agencies. For this phase, the municipality allocated eight sites for trucks within the province. He asked contractors, factories and companies to comply with the entry times of trucks according to the provided service.


Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

Updated 26 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.