Saudi Arabia and UAE to donate $70 million to support Yemeni teachers

Al-Rabeeah said the Houthis are to blame for the deterioration of the humanitarian and economic situation in Yemen. (AFP)
Updated 23 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia and UAE to donate $70 million to support Yemeni teachers

  • The Saudi-led coalition stresses the need for concerted international efforts to support the humanitarian and economic situation in Yemen and avoid further deterioration: Al-Rabeeah
  • The coalition countries are expecting the new Yemeni government to prioritize economic and humanitarian matters: KSRelief chief

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and adviser to the Royal Court, announced on Monday that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will each donate $35 million to pay teachers in Yemen, in cooperation with the United Nations and UNICEF.
He said that the contributions reflect the concern of the Saudi-led coalition countries about the situation in the country and their desire to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, who have been suffering economic hardship. Many Yemenis, and teachers in particular have not been paid for some time. The donations, with the assistance of UNICEF, will help provide salaries for 135,000 teachers.
Al-Rabeeah added that since 2015, coalition countries have donated $17 billion dollars to help the people of Yemen get through the humanitarian and economic crisis in their country.
“The Saudi-led coalition stresses the need for concerted international efforts to support the humanitarian and economic situation in Yemen and avoid further deterioration,” he said.
“The coalition countries are expecting the new Yemeni government to prioritize economic and humanitarian matters and activate an action plan facilitating the process. The new government should work on enhancing its performance, in accordance with the international efforts to support the people and their living conditions, in order to prevent the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen, especially in terms of food security and public health.”
Al-Rabeeah said the coalition countries lay the blame for the deterioration of the humanitarian and economic situation in Yemen with the Houthi militias and their coup against the legitimate authorities in the country and their rejection of a political solution, as well as their non-compliance with the international resolutions.


Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.