EP records 419 accident injuries during Eid

Updated 15 August 2013
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EP records 419 accident injuries during Eid

The Saudi Red Crescent Authority reported that 419 people were injured in accidents during five days of Eid Al-Fitr festivities in the Eastern Province.
There were 172 cases classified between hazardous and moderate, while 247 were identified as “simple” cases, according to a report issued by the Saudi Red Crescent.
Barak Al-Muhareb, Red Crescent’s acting spokesman, said the operation rooms of the Red Crescent received 419 reports of medical conditions, traffic and fire accidents. Red Crescent’s ambulances provided their medical services to 247 simple cases.
He said Red Crescent’s ambulances transferred 390 medical cases. About 190 were heart patients. The Red Crescent treated 206 simple medical cases. Mobile teams have been involved in various locations in the Eastern province during the Eid calibrations.
The Red Crescent asked Saudis and expats to provide correct information of location and medical data when directing ambulance teams to accident scenes.
Bandar bin Nasser Al-Shehri, Saudi Red Crescent official in the Makkah region, said: “Our operation rooms in Jeddah recorded a number of traffic accidents in north and south Jeddah last Friday and Saturday that resulted in injuries to 15 people. The Red Crescent’s ambulances transferred six people injured in a traffic accident in the south of Jeddah to King Abdul Aziz University Hospital. Two of them were airlifted to the hospital.”
He added: “There was also a traffic accident on Madinah Road that resulted in seven injuries. One of the injured is in a serious condition. Some of them were taken to King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah, while others were transferred to King Abdul Aziz Hospital by air ambulance.”
Accident reports from other provinces and regions were not available.


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.