OIC elects new secretary-general

Newly elected OIC Secretary-General Yousef Ahmed Al-Othaimeen. (Photo courtesy of Saudi-US Relations Information Service.)
Updated 17 November 2016

OIC elects new secretary-general

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's former Social Affairs Minister Yousef Ahmed Al-Othaimeen was elected on Thursday as the new secretary-general of the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The election took place during an extraordinary session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Makkah,

The post had fallen vacant after the resignation on health grounds of Iyad Madani effective Oct. 31, 2016.

"Al-Othaimeen's election was unanimous," Maha Akeel, director of Information Department at the OIC, told Arab News. "Al-Othaimeen took charge on Thursday from acting Secretary-General Abdullah Alem."

Founded in 1969, the organization has 57 member states and acts as the "collective voice of the Muslim world."


KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

Updated 05 August 2020

KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has assisted Lebanese medical teams treating victims of the Beirut explosion on Tuesday.

Emergency teams from the Souboul Al Salam Relief Team, which is funded by KSRelief, went from north of Lebanon to Beirut to support medical teams on the ground. 

Another team from Al-Amal Medical Center, also funded by KSRelief, provided emergency health care services and started a blood donation campaign to meet the demand of Beirut hospitals.

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The prime minister of Lebanon, which is already struggling with an economic crisis and battling COVID-19, has made a desperate plea for help following Tuesday’s deadly explosions.
Kuwait said it has delivered medical aid and other essentials by a military plane on Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were sending 40 tonnes of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment to Beirut on a flight paid for by Dubai-based International Humanitarian City, a hub for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response, a WHO representative said.
"We are offering medical trauma kits and surgical kits containing things such as syringes, bandages and surgical gowns," said Nevien Attalla, operations manager for the WHO's Dubai hub.

*With agencies