Relief trucks sent to Yemen’s storm-affected areas

The effort aims to alleviate the suffering of hundreds of Yemeni families affected by the tropical storm. (SPA)
Updated 16 October 2018
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Relief trucks sent to Yemen’s storm-affected areas

  • The convoy carried 75 tons of basic foodstuffs to help the victims of the storm “Laban.”

JEDDAH: King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief (KSRelief) sent three trucks loaded with supplies to Yemen’s Al-Mahrah governate through the Al-Wadiah border crossing. 

The convoy carried 75 tons of basic foodstuffs to help the victims of the storm “Laban.”

This assistance comes as part of the 286 projects in various fields provided by KSRelief equally to all the Yemeni provinces.

It aims to alleviate the suffering of hundreds of Yemeni families affected by the tropical storm. The storm hit on Sunday the coastal parts of Al-Mahrah causing heavy rainfalls accompanied by strong winds.  The city of Al-Ghaydah suffered the most from these conditions that caused widespread damage that affected the services and roads networks in addition to hundreds of houses.


Lions, other animals to be saved from Gaza zoo: welfare group

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Lions, other animals to be saved from Gaza zoo: welfare group

  • The animals would be taken out of a zoo in the Palestinian enclave and relocated to sanctuaries in Jordan next week
  • Rafah Zoo in southern Gaza confirmed the agreement, saying they weren’t receiving any funds for the animals

GAZA CITY: Forty animals including five lions are to be rescued from squalid conditions in the Gaza Strip, an animal welfare group said Wednesday.
The animals would be taken out of a zoo in the Palestinian enclave and relocated to sanctuaries in Jordan next week, the Four Paws organization said.
Among the other animals to be taken out are a hyena, monkeys, wolves and porcupines, the organization said in a statement.
Rafah Zoo in southern Gaza confirmed the agreement, saying they weren’t receiving any funds for the animals and couldn’t provide proper care for them in the strip.
The zoo hit the headlines last month when the cash-strapped owner revealed he had declawed one of the lions there, so that customers could pay to play with her.
The organization condemned the declawing, with almost 150,000 people signing a petition against the treatment.
The animals would be treated and sedated, before being taken through Israel into Jordan, Four Paws said.
“For far too long, the animals of Rafah Zoo have had to live under unimaginably dreadful conditions,” said Four Paws veterinarian Amir Khalil.
“We are happy to finally put an end to this horror,” he said in the statement.
The animal welfare group has previously evacuated two other zoos in Gaza, where desperate poverty often leaves owners unable to assure adequate conditions.
Israel has imposed a crippling blockade on the Gaza Strip for more than a decade, measures it says are necessary to isolate the enclave’s Islamist rulers Hamas.
Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.
In 2016, Four Paws helped facilitate the transfer of the sole tiger in the Gaza Strip, eventually relocating it to South Africa.
The organization in 2017 rescued a lion and a bear from a zoo in Mosul in northern Iraq, a former stronghold of the Daesh group.