SR200m allocated to heal Yemen’s wounds

KSRelief personnel distribute aid packets among the needy in the Al-Jouf town of war-wracked Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 15 October 2016

SR200m allocated to heal Yemen’s wounds

JEDDAH: The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) has been instructed to allocate the amount of SR200 million for the treatment and transfer of Yemeni victims of last week’s Sanaa funeral hall explosion, according to a statement received by Arab News. 
The statement said that SR150 million would be allocated to cover treatment expenses and the transfer of wounded Yemenis.
It added that the center has been instructed to send urgent aid to the Yemeni governorate of Al Hudaydah.
An additional SR50 million has been earmarked to take care of other needs to end the crisis.
Last week, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman directed KSRelief to coordinate with the Arab coalition, the legitimate Yemeni government, and UN organizations to facilitate the transfer abroad of the injured who need to be treated, following the Great Hall incident in Sanaa.
Meanwhile, a Saudi soldier laid down his life defending the Kingdom’s volatile border, the security spokesman of the Interior Ministry announced on Friday.
He said one of the security patrols at Al-Dair in Jazan came under hostile fire across the border from Houthi elements, which resulted in the martyrdom of Khaled Ali Mohammed Asiri. The Saudi forces responded and exchanged fire with the militias until they brought the situation under control.
Furthermore, joint Saudi forces foiled an attack launched by the Houthis and militants loyal to deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh on the southern border, according to Al-Arabiya.
The Saudi forces hit the attackers before they could reach the border near Dharan Al-Janub in the Asir region.
Saudi special forces undertook military operations and the remaining Houthi attackers withdrew from their location after losing tens of their colleagues, weapons and other armed men who were supporting Houthi backline positions.
In another development, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir held talks with Tobias Ellwood, British MP for Bournemouth East and minister for Middle East, Africa, Counter Terrorism and Consular. Both discussed bilateral ties and regional issues.
Ellwood, on his Twitter account, expressed his appreciation for Al-Jubeir who briefed him on the Sanaa funeral attack. He said that the UK and Saudi Arabia are partners and are able to discuss all issues including Yemen and other regional developments.
The MP said that he had a frank and detailed discussion with Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, Yemen’s president, in Riyadh, adding that the two sides stressed the need for a cessation of hostilities, and finding a political solution to the conflict.
The UK has said that it would present a draft resolution to the UN Security Council demanding an immediate cease-fire in Yemen, British Ambassador to UN Matthew Rycroft said Friday.
“We have decided to put forward a draft Security Council resolution on Yemen, calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities and a resumption of the political process,” he told reporters.
The draft text is expected to be circulated among the council’s 15 members, with a vote expected in the coming days.
Separately, an explosion killed six people and wounded 20 as they attended a funeral service in the Yemeni city of Marib, east of Sanaa, the government-run news agency Saba said on Friday.
The blast occurred as condolences were being paid after the death of Abdulrab Al-Shadady, an army general in Marib who was killed a few days ago in fighting with Houthi militia, local officials told Reuters.
Among those killed in Friday's blast was Salem Al-Shadady, the older brother of the general killed earlier, Saba said.

Pilgrims from all nationalities took part in Saudi National Day

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Pilgrims from all nationalities took part in Saudi National Day

  • A number of pilgrims from various nationalities participated in a national initiative, organized by the Hadiya Association, in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah
  • This is the first time that pilgrims, who have now finished their rituals and will leave on Sept. 25, have celebrated this special day with all of the people of Saudi Arabia

MAKKAH: Pilgrims from all nationalities took part in the celebrations to mark the 88th Saudi National Day, paying thanks to the Saudi government for the services provided to the two Holy Mosques.

After Saudi Arabia announced the success of this year’s Hajj season, the Umrah season kicked off. It also began to receive pilgrims from all nationalities, all of whom stressed that they cannot forget Saudi Arabia’s support in granting them their rights and helping them throughout their economic hardships.

“Every year I come to Saudi Arabia for Umrah. I am used to performing Umrah every year, but this year is special because it coincides with the National Saudi Day,” said Hamdi Abul-Enein, from Egypt, adding: “For the first time in my life I see the Saudi people celebrating their National Day, reflecting the cohesion between the citizens and their leadership. This is not surprising because we know the core of Saudi people are keen on the security and stability of the country.”

Hamdi added: “In Egypt, we share the joys of the Saudi people. For decades, there have been strong ties between Egyptians and our Saudi brothers. Sincere ties based on the Islamic religion joins us. Congratulations to Saudi Arabia and its citizens.”

Ali Al-Saradi, a pilgrim from Yemen, said: “I roamed the streets of Makkah and Medinah, and found people celebrating the national day. We admire the unity and loyalty of our Saudi brothers to their leadership. I am keen on sharing these celebrations with my Saudi brothers. In Yemen, we are happy for the Saudi citizens’ happiness. We consider them as our brothers and therefore we are happy for their joys and are sad for their sadness.”

Kuwaiti pilgrim, Abdullah Al-Ajami said: “This occasion is not only celebrated by the Saudi people, but also by all those who love this country. I can confirm that the rulers of this country are very generous and put all efforts to serve the two holy mosques. So it is no surprise to see so many nationalities celebrating the National Saudi Day.”

“The Saudi leadership and people stood with their Kuwaiti brothers during the brutal invasion; they opened their hearts before their homes. They were the first to work for the liberation of our country, and this is what strengthened the blood ties between us for decades. I ask God to perpetuate their joys,” he added.

The Hadiya Association involved pilgrims and visitors in celebrating the 88th National Day Festival.

A number of pilgrims from various nationalities participated in a national initiative, organized by the Hadiya Association, held during a reception and farewell for pilgrims, in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

The Association distributed Saudi flags and gifts to the pilgrims. They received traditional Saudi hospitality and were given a presentation on the National Project, conducted in sign language in order to engage deaf people in the celebrations for the first time. The presentation, which was part of the Association’s project entitled “Nourishment of the Soul”, was conducted in 67 languages with the participation of both volunteers and multi-national students currently on scholarships in Saudi universities.

The Director General of the Association, Sheikh Mansoor Al Amer, expressed his joy seeing the pilgrims enthusiasm and willingness to engage in the celebrations for Saudi National Day, which commemorates the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and expresses appreciation of the services provided by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques during their spiritual journey in Makkah, Madinah, and Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah.

This is the first time that pilgrims, who have now finished their rituals and will leave on Sept. 25, have celebrated this special day with all of the people of Saudi Arabia, in what has widely been seen as a practical application of the Kingdom’s new 2030 vision.

Sheikh Al Amer added that a number of volunteers from different fields were cooperating with the association. They have circulated a clip on social media showing the Saudi national anthem being translated into sign language. The anthem was produced in association with Saleh Bin Hamood Al Nefaie, a sign language translator for the Friday sermon, which is regularly broadcasted from the Holy Mosque in Makkah and aired on the Qur’an Channel.