2 extremists thankful for successful rehabilitation

Updated 15 October 2015

2 extremists thankful for successful rehabilitation

Al-AHSA: Two Saudi men have recounted how they have successfully undergone rehabilitation after being lured by extremists to take part in conflicts abroad.

Bader Al-Inizi and Abdelrahman Al-Owiti said that they recently completed a course run by the Prince Mohammed bin Naif Center for Advice and Care, a local publication reported.
They have now been freed under a royal pardon issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, and said it was like a triumph for all Muslims, the report stated.
The two men were speaking recently at a seminar held at King Faisal University by the Al-Ahsa Literary Club with the support of the rehabilitation center.
Those in attendance included Ibrahim Al-Mameen from the medical school of Al-Ahsa University, Ali Al-Afnan, Abdelaziz Al-Haleel and Brig. Yahia Abu Mughaidh.
Thafer Al-Shahri, head of the literary club, said Prince Mohammed center has developed a global reputation for its successful programs in counseling young people recruited by terrorist groups, particularly in countries suffering from terrorism.
Al-Mameen said the staff at the center has been tackling the problem at an intellectual level. There has been a rise in the number of young people who have joined these groups, with no downward trend in sight, he reportedly said.
Al-Haleel, social affairs specialist at the center, said more than 213 people from all over the world have visited the center to learn about its programs. He said that the center has an 85 percent success rate, with these young people not returning to terrorist groups.
It was normal that some people could not be rehabilitated, he said.

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

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Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.