Arab Economic and Social Council expresses support for UNRWA, Palestine

Participants encouraged Arab countries to increase economic support for the Palestinian people in the face of Israel’s occupation. (SPA)
Updated 07 September 2018
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Arab Economic and Social Council expresses support for UNRWA, Palestine

  • The council rejected any direct or indirect dealing with Israel’s illegal occupation and colonization of Palestine

JEDDAH: The Arab Economic and Social Council expressed its rejection of any attempts to end or lessen the role of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in supporting millions of Palestinian refugees. Deputy Finance Minister Dr. Hamad bin Suleiman Al-Bazai led the Saudi delegation to the council meeting in Cairo.
The council issued a resolution warning that cutting financial support for UNRWA will have negative consequences. Participants encouraged Arab countries to increase economic support for the Palestinian people in the face of Israel’s occupation. They urged the Arab private sector to invest in Palestine through the creation of mechanisms and special programs designed by the Arab League in collaboration with relevant entities and organizations.
The council appealed to specialized ministerial councils, Arab organizations and financial institutions to increase relief and development support for Palestine to mitigate the effects of the occupation and to help Palestine overcome its financial crisis.
The council also urged the Arab League General Secretariat to increase technical support programs for the least developed countries, including Palestine.
The council rejected any direct or indirect dealing with Israel’s illegal occupation and colonization of Palestine, and called for a database of companies dealing with Israeli settlements. It also urged Arab countries to provide the Arab League General Secretariat with reports on development projects to reduce the economic and social consequences of hosting Syrian refugees. The council urged Arab countries to expedite the completion of procedures for signing and ratifying the Convention on the Liberalization of Trade in Services among Arab States.
It also approved a draft charter for the development of the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) sector.


Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

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Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

  • Houthis also fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah on Monday

RIYADH: Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition said the target was a vital facility.
"The Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said.

The statement did not mention casualties and gave no further details.

Earlier on Monday, Al-Maliki said Houthis fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah but both were shot down by Saudi air defense forces.

The Iran-backed Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, since the Arab Coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was ousted in a Houthi coup.