KSRelief agrees to $31m extension to Yemeni land mines clearance project

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Saudi land mines clearance project aims to help cut the number of deaths and injuries caused to Yemenis. (SPA)
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Saudi land mines clearance project aims to help cut the number of deaths and injuries caused to Yemenis. (SPA)
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Saudi land mines clearance project aims to help cut the number of deaths and injuries caused to Yemenis. (SPA)
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Saudi land mines clearance project aims to help cut the number of deaths and injuries caused to Yemenis. (SPA)
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Saudi land mines clearance project aims to help cut the number of deaths and injuries caused to Yemenis. (SPA)
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Saudi land mines clearance project aims to help cut the number of deaths and injuries caused to Yemenis. (SPA)
Updated 16 July 2019

KSRelief agrees to $31m extension to Yemeni land mines clearance project

  • Al-Rabeeah noted that the MASAM program was aimed at ensuring current and future security for the Yemeni people

RIYADH: A Saudi land mines clearance project in Yemen is to run for another year thanks to an investment of almost $31 million (SR116 million).

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has extended the contract for its MASAM initiative for one year, which will see Saudi and international experts continue to clear mines especially in the governorates of Marib, Aden, Sanaa and Taiz.

The project aims to help cut the number of deaths and injuries caused to Yemenis by hidden explosive devices.

Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Rabeeah, adviser at the Royal Court and KSRelief general supervisor, said the contract renewal came as a result of the center’s humanitarian responsibility toward its brothers in Yemen.

He added that the Iranian-backed Houthi militias’ mines were randomly planted to target civilians, causing permanent injuries and chronic disabilities to children and the elderly among other victims.

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In its first phase, the project had been launched to extract more than 74,000 mines and shells.

Al-Rabeeah noted that the MASAM program was aimed at ensuring current and future security for the Yemeni people and was one of several projects and initiatives provided by the Kingdom as part of its efforts to bring stability and development to the war-torn Middle Eastern country.

He said that through centers established by KSRelief in the governorates of Marib and Aden to provide artificial limbs for the victims of mines, hundreds of prostheses had been fitted.

Al-Rabeeah said that the project, in its first phase, had been launched to extract more than 74,000 mines and shells, and he thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their continued support for KSRelief and its work throughout the world.


Makkah’s Grand Mosque courtyard extension project nears completion

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Makkah’s Grand Mosque courtyard extension project nears completion

  • The project, which is due to be completed at the end of this month, aims to increase the capacity of the Ground Mosque and its surrounding courtyards
  • The work is 85 percent complete

RIYADH: A project to add more than 3,000 meters square of courtyard space near to the Grand Mosque in Makkah is almost complete, Saudi Press Agency reported. 
The extension to the area will help control the movement of crowds near the mosque, the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques said. The work is 85 percent complete, the statement said.
The expansion work involves the removal of a number of places designated for ablution and installing them under the stairs of the courtyard. Toilets have also been installed around the edges of the courtyard.
The project, which is due to be completed at the end of this month, aims to increase the capacity of the Ground Mosque and its surrounding courtyards to provide the best service to Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, deal with crowd control, and ensure the safety of visitors.