Yemen militia ‘blocking aid to Hodeidah’ says Saudi KSrelief

File photo showing Dr Abdullah Alrabiah the head of KSrelief with the regional head of UNICEF in MENA. (Photo courtesy KSrelief)
Updated 13 June 2018
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Yemen militia ‘blocking aid to Hodeidah’ says Saudi KSrelief

  • KSrelief Dr Al-Rabiah said that the relief of the Yemeni people is a priority for the coalition.
  • KSRelief will mount a “humanitarian aid bridge using land, air and sea to deliver urgent food and subsistence material for the people of Hodeidah.

Riyadh: Yemenis in the port city of Hodeidah are being denied humanitarian aid by the Houthi militia, Dr. Abdullah AlRabiah, head of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief), has warned. 

Saudi-led coalition forces on Wednesday launched an air, sea and land assault to recapture Hodeidah from the rebel group.

Al-Rabiah said that the relief of the Yemeni people is a priority for the coalition, which would do all it could to deliver humanitarian aid despite attempts by the Houthi militia to halt distribution across the country.

In a joint press conference on Wednesday with UAE Minister for International Cooperation Reem Al-Hashemi, the relief agency head said that Iran-backed Houthi militia had stopped aid reaching the people of Hodeidah.

KSRelief will mount a “humanitarian aid bridge using land, air and sea to deliver urgent food and subsistence material for the people of Hodeidah,” Al-Rabiah said. He urged all relief organizations to help KSRelief continue aid deliveries through the port. 


Ever wondered how they clean the floor around the Kaaba during Hajj? Quickly

Updated 24 min 16 sec ago
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Ever wondered how they clean the floor around the Kaaba during Hajj? Quickly

  • Hundreds of thousands of people walk around the Kaaba during Hajj
  • The process of cleaning the floor is a well rehearsed task that takes minutes

DUBAI: With millions of people currently attending Makkah as they perform the Hajj pilgrimage, which includes circumambulating the Kaaba, it is no wonder that things need to be cleaned.

This sped-up video footage, that has been shared on social media, shows how teams of cleaners enter the Mataf (the circumambulation area around the Kaaba), while a line of security stop the pilgrims entering the area which is being cleaned with a long line of rope.  

The process is well rehearsed, so the teams of cleaners take little time to ensure the area is ready in a short time, so that pilgrims can continue.

Here’s the video: