EP expats donate blood for pilgrims

Updated 01 October 2013

EP expats donate blood for pilgrims

Several expatriates donated 155 units of blood during a blood donation campaign in Dammam on Friday for the treatment of Haj pilgrims.
Blood donations were made to Dammam Central Hospital's regional blood bank, which will be sent to health facilities in Makkah and Madinah.
The event was organized for the ninth consecutive year by an Indian organization, Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath (TNTJ).
The blood donation camp, held between 8 a.m. and 4.30 p.m., attracted around 180 volunteers. The doctor’s team, led by Abdullah Al-Otaibi from the Dammam Central Hospital's blood bank, assisted TNTJ volunteers.
Mohammed Al-Zahrani, laboratory supervisor, thanked TNTJ's organizers for organizing such a significant event for a noble cause.
TNTJ Dammam's head, Umar Farooq, said that his organization had conducted 27 blood camps in Alkhobar, Dammam, Qatif and Jubail hospitals so far. TNTJ continues to be the leading organization for the last eight years in organizing blood donations in the Eastern Province, he said, adding: “We have received more than 15 awards from government agencies in recognition of our work.”
“We conduct these camps in conformity with Verse 32 of Chapter 5 of the Qur'an, which states that 'Saving a life is akin to saving the whole of mankind.' It also promotes social harmony,” he added.
TNTJ is also the leading organization for blood donation campaigns in Tamil Nadu, as well as in GCC countries. The Tamil Nadu government has given numerous awards to TNTJ in recognition of its outstanding services.


Pentagon chief visits Saudi Arabia as tensions simmer with Iran

Updated 21 October 2019

Pentagon chief visits Saudi Arabia as tensions simmer with Iran

  • The visit comes days after Pentagon said it was bolstering its forces in the Kingdom amid tensions with Iran
  • In October, the Pentagon said it was deploying new US troops to Saudi Arabia following attacks on Saudi oil plants

RIYADH: US Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday, with tensions simmering between the United States and Iran, and Russia seeking to increase its regional influence.
Al-Ekhbariyah television gave no details on the previously unannounced visit, which comes after Esper visited Afghanistan.
Esper is likely to meet King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his first trip to the key Middle East ally since he took office this summer, a visit intended partly to reassure Riyadh over bilateral ties.

US-Iran tensions have risen to new highs since May 2018, when the Trump administration withdrew from a 2015 international nuclear accord with Tehran that put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of sanctions.
The United States has deployed military forces to Saudi Arabia to bolster the Kingdom’s defenses after an attack on oil sites last month.
The Sept. 14 attack knocked out two major processing facilities of state oil giant Aramco in Khurais and Abqaiq, roughly halving Saudi Arabia’s oil production.
Washington condemned the attacks as a “act of war” but neither the Saudis nor the United States have overtly retaliated.

Esper said that two fighter squadrons and additional missile defense batteries were being sent to Saudi Arabia, bringing to about 3,000 the total number of troops deployed there since last month.
Despite the additional troops, there are questions about the US commitment to allies in the region after Trump announced a sudden withdrawal from northeastern Syria, opening the door for Russia to increase its influence in the Middle East.
A senior US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States still wanted to be seen as the partner of choice in the region and Russia was not as dependable, whether it be the level of training or the military equipment it can provide.
President Vladimir Putin signalled Moscow’s growing Middle East clout last week on his first visit to Saudi Arabia in over a decade, buoyed by Russian military gains in Syria, strong ties with Riyadh’s regional rivals and energy cooperation.
(With Reuters and AFP)