Arab coalition continues humanitarian aid to Yemen

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A displaced Yemeni child sits on boxes and sacks of Saudi-provided humanitarian food aid at a camp in Yemen's northeastern province of Marib on January 26, 2018. (AFP / ABDULLAH AL-QADRY)
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Workers unload humanitarian aid packages from a Saudi air force cargo plane, at an airfield in Yemen’s central province of Marib, on Sunday. (AFP)
Updated 30 January 2018
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Arab coalition continues humanitarian aid to Yemen

RIYADH: More than 19 ships are at Yemeni ports carrying humanitarian aid for the Yemeni people, said Col. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman for the Saudi-led Arab coalition, on Monday.
In addition, 12 aid flights have been sent to Yemen’s port city of Aden within a week to relieve the people’s suffering, he said.
“Yemeni people have a right to humanitarian aid and this right should not be disrupted,” Al-Maliki emphasized.
The colonel then conveyed a message from a Yemeni child who was abducted and taken into the custody of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, and forced to be trained as a soldier. He was 13 years old and had given the message personally to Al-Maliki, warning others like him.
During the past week, many Houthis tried to cross the border and enter Saudi Arabia through various means, one of them being camouflage.
“Ninety-one ballistic missiles have been fired at Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the coalition,” Al-Maliki said. “While the Houthis are laying landmines, the coalition is rebuilding infrastructure.”
Last week, the foreign ministers of the coalition members announced a $1.5 billion humanitarian aid package for Yemen.
“The coalition will coordinate ... $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid funding for distribution across UN agencies and international relief organizations,” the coalition announced in a statement.
The aid package is in addition to the $2 billion Saudi cash injection to Yemen’s central bank.
The estimated number of Yemeni people in need of humanitarian help is close to 21 million, 10 million of whom are in dire need.
Since 2015 the Kingdom has delivered $8.1 billion in humanitarian assistance as well as $2 billion in development aid.


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.