Half KSRelief’s 700 aid projects focus on Yemen

328 humanitarian projects in Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 14 March 2019
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Half KSRelief’s 700 aid projects focus on Yemen

  • More than 6 million Yemeni children are facing a humanitarian crisis due to Houthi violations, Al-Moallem said

GENEVA: Almost half of the 700 international aid projects run by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center are focused on Yemen, the Geneva Press Club was told.

Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Moallem, director of KSRelief’s Department of Medical and Environmental Assistance, told a press conference that 328 humanitarian projects in Yemen related to health, food security, water sanitation, housing, education and communication.

Al-Moallem was speaking at an exhibition at the press club that highlights Saudi efforts to help Yemeni children. 

Former Yemeni ambassador to the UN Ibrahim Al-Adoufi and other Arab envoys to the UN were also present. 

More than 6 million Yemeni children are facing a humanitarian crisis due to Houthi violations, Al-Moallem said. 

KSRelief programs included an initiative to rehabilitate child soldiers recruited by the Houthis. Psychological, social and educational programs run by specialists help the soldiers reintegrate into society. 

Al-Moallem said that children are most vulnerable to Houthi forced recruitment in contradiction to international law and treaties. 

He urged the international community to stand firm against Houthi violations, especially against children.


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.