UN thanks Kingdom for helping Syrian refugees

Updated 22 August 2015
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UN thanks Kingdom for helping Syrian refugees

JEDDAH: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed its thanks to Saudi National Campaign for Syrian refugees for the provision of dates for more than 20,000 families in the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan.
The coordinator of the commission in the national campaign Hovig Etyemezian said that the Saudi campaign has had a good effect on improving the living conditions of the Syrian refugees in the camp through comprehensive efforts.
He added that the commission, in cooperation with the World Food Organization and "Save the Children" program has distributed dates provided by the Saudi National Campaign for Syrian refugees during the first half of this year.
Etyemezian praised the services provided by the campaign for the Syrians, adding: "The UNHCR and its partners appreciate this great generosity provided by the campaign through its various programs to improve the living conditions of the refugees there."
The Saudi National Campaign during the dates project supplied 70,000 kilograms that benefited 10,120 Syrian families living in Al-Zaatari refugee camp.


Saudi Arabia urges global community to deter maritime trade disruptions

Updated 27 min 41 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia urges global community to deter maritime trade disruptions

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that Iran’s interception of commercial vessels, including its seizure of a British tanker, in Gulf waters was a violation of international law and urged the global community to deter such actions.
“Any disruption of the freedom of international maritime traffic is considered a violation of international law and the international community must do what is necessary to reject it and deter it,” the Saudi cabinet said in a statement carried on state media.
Iran said on Friday it had seized Britain’s Stena Impero tanker, which had been heading to a port in Saudi Arabia and suddenly changed course after passing through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf.
Britain described the seizure as an act of “state piracy” and called for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the world’s most important oil artery.