KSRelief distributes 17,000 schoolbags to displaced students in Syria

Syrian refugees collect their share of relief goods from volunteers of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) at a refugee center in Jordan. (SPA file photo)
Updated 03 November 2017
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KSRelief distributes 17,000 schoolbags to displaced students in Syria

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed 17,000 schoolbags for internally displaced children in 29 schools in Syria.
Samer Al-Jetaily, spokesman of KSRelief, said that the project “Education Builds Nations” initiative to distribute schoolbags and stationery to Syrian refugee students was concluded in the Zaatari camp and covered all its school-going children.
Besides internally displaced children, the center has also organized similar projects to help refugee children in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and internally displaced Syrians to reach the largest possible number of Syrian students in these countries to ease educational expenditures on their families.
The parents of the Syrian students expressed their thanks and appreciation to the KSRelief for providing their children with the educational aid. They also appreciated Saudi Arabia’s role in standing with them in their difficult times.
In Jordan, the center distributed school supplies, including schoolbags and stationery items, to 13,000 Syrian students at the Zaatari camp.
Last month, KSRelief signed seven agreements with international and local organizations to help internally displaced persons within Syria and also Syrian refugees in neighboring countries in its relief projects.
The projects included various aid sectors such as health, water, environmental sanitation, food security, education and nutrition.


King Salman to host 1,000 Sudanese pilgrims 

Updated 22 July 2019
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King Salman to host 1,000 Sudanese pilgrims 

  • 500 pilgrims are to be selected from the Sudanese army
  • Another 500 to be selected from families of Sudanese soldiers who died while fighting Houthi terrorists in Yemen

RIYADH: King Salman has issued an order to host 1,000 pilgrims from Sudan to perform Hajj, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

According to the directive, the 1,000 pilgrims will perform Hajj within the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah, implemented and supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance.

Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said that of this total, 500 pilgrims would be selected from the Sudanese army and those belonging to the families of Sudanese martyred while participating in the “Determination Storm and Restoring of Hope” operations within the Arab coalition forces supporting the legitimate government in Yemen.

This year, King Salman has ordered the hosting of 1,300 pilgrims from around the world as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah.

Earlier, King Salman issued a directive for the hosting of 200 Hajj pilgrims from the families of victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The king also ordered 1,000 Palestinian pilgrims who are family members of martyrs to be hosted while they performed Hajj.  

Al-Asheikh said that the hosting of the families during the Hajj season was part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to “confront and defeat terrorism” in all its forms.

So far, the number of pilgrims who have arrived in the Kingdom since the start of the Hajj season has reached 562,056, according to statistics issued by the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.

Most pilgrims — 547,505 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 8,548 entered by land and 6,003 arrived by sea, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Last year more that 1.75 million pilgrims from abroad performed Hajj, according to figures from the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.