Saudi Arabia's aid agency plan to distribute 10,500 food baskets in Marib launched

The center organized an entertainment trip for 26 Yemeni children formerly recruited by the Houthi militias. (SPA)
Updated 25 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia's aid agency plan to distribute 10,500 food baskets in Marib launched

  • KSRelief organized an entertainment trip for 26 Yemeni children formerly recruited by the Houthi militias

JEDDAH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) launched on Monday a project to distribute 10,500 food baskets in Marib, Yemen. The launch comes within the projects being implemented by the center in the impoverished country.
Earlier this week, KSRelief signed an executive program for the treatment of wounded Yemenis in different parts of the country, in cooperation with Ben Zaila Hospital.
Abdullah Al-Wadai, deputy director of the department of medical and environmental assistance, said this program is extended to the previous contracts signed with five hospitals in Yemen.
He said the move aims to provide medical care to 200 wounded Yemenis through latest medical procedures.
He added that the number of wounded Yemenis previously treated in private sector hospitals in Yemen had reached 56,197.
This move is part of the programs funded and monitored by KSRelief in coordination with Yemen’s Health Ministry to provide better health services to Yemenis. Recently, the center organized an entertainment trip for 26 Yemeni children formerly recruited by the Houthi militias.


First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019
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First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.