Saudi Arabia's KSRelief: ‘Humanitarian aid to Yemen is Arab coalition’s top priority’

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) holds joint press conference with Mark Lowcock, UN under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. (SPA)
Updated 02 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief: ‘Humanitarian aid to Yemen is Arab coalition’s top priority’

RIYADH: Humanitarian aspect of the Yemeni conflict is the top priority of Saudi Arabia and other members of the Arab coalition, said Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).
He said the coalition members strongly support entry of humanitarian aid into Yemen and reject exploitation of this issue for political gains.
He was addressing a joint press conference held at KSRelief headquarters in Riyadh on Sunday with Mark Lowcock, UN under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
Al-Rabeeah called on the UN and the international community to act against Houthis and put an end to their violation of international laws, which the Iranian-backed group commits by hindering the safe passage of humanitarian aid to civilians.
Highlighting the strong historical bonds between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, he said members of the Arab coalition, particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE, have made provision of humanitarian aid to Yemen their top priority.
Members of the coalition supporting the legitimate government in Yemen against the Houthi militias has so far donated $18 billion in aid to help Yemen over three years, KSRelief chief said.
He said the coalition is making efforts in coordination with different UN agencies to provide relief to the Yemenis.
In response to UN reports about worsening food security in Yemen, Al-Rabeeah said Saudi Arabia and the UAE pledged $500 million that will help around 13 million Yemenis in the coming months.
He also lauded the UN for taking measures in coordination with KSRelief to alleviate the suffering of the Yemenis.
The UN official praised the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts in Yemen. Lowcock said six million Yemenis receive humanitarian aid from Saudi Arabia through KSRelief.
The center, he added, also contributed to the provision of food and drinking water to Yemeni civilians.
He said the UN hopes to play a constructive role in reaching an amicable agreement over Yemen’s Hodeidah Port.
Lowcock expressed his thanks to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and other countries and international organizations for their great role in supporting humanitarian work in Yemen.


King Salman launches restoration program for Tarif historical district

Updated 10 December 2018
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King Salman launches restoration program for Tarif historical district

JEDDAH: King Salman patronized on Sunday the inaugural ceremony for the restoration of the Tarif historical district in the presence of leaders, presidents, and delegations from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The program aims at the development of the ancient historical city so as to transform it into an international tourist and cultural hub. It also aims to list it among the world heritage sites.

In a speech delivered during this ceremony, Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Governor of Riyadh region, thanked King Salman for his support of the program, which coincides with the fourth anniversary of the king’s ascension to the throne.