Saudi initiative begins campaign targeting Ramadan food waste

Volunteers gather to prepare for distribution of food to needy people for iftar and sahoor during Ramadan.
Updated 30 May 2017

Saudi initiative begins campaign targeting Ramadan food waste

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Etaam initiative has launched a program that aims to discourage food waste during Ramadan.
The campaign, launched in malls under the title “no extravagance in Ramadan,” hopes to encourage families to preserve food.
According to an EcoMENA report, a conservative estimate of around 15 to 25 percent of all food purchased or prepared during Ramadan finds its way to the garbage bin instead of being consumed.
Etaam, the Riyadh-based food bank initiative, said it has extended its projects to encourage food saving and the distribution of leftovers, especially during Ramadan.
Amer bin Abdul Rahman Al-Barjas, executive director of Etaam, said the program encourages food preservation at Ramadan tents, hotels and restaurants.
He said a large number of Saudi volunteers want to work with the association during the month of Ramadan in the field of food preservation, packaging and distribution of iftar and sahoor meals for beneficiaries.


Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

Updated 15 September 2019

Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

  • The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen
  • ‘Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors’

BAGHDAD: Baghdad on Sunday denied any link to drone attacks on Saudi oil plants, after media speculation that the strikes were launched from Iraq despite being claimed by Yemeni rebels.
The attacks early Saturday targeted two key oil installations, causing massive fires and taking out half of the kingdom’s vast oil output.
The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war.
But the Wall Street Journal has reported that officials were investigating the possibility the attacks involved missiles launched from Iraq or Iran.
Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi on Sunday denied reports Iraqi territory “was used for drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.”
“Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors,” he said in a statement.
“The Iraqi government will be extremely firm with whomever tries to violate the constitution.”
Iraq is home to several Iran-backed militias and paramilitary factions, placing it in an awkward situation amid rising tensions between its two main sponsors, Tehran and Washington.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo squarely accused Tehran of being behind Saturday’s operation, saying there was no evidence the “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply” was launched from Yemen.
Iraq has called for its territory to be spared any spillover in the standoff between the US and Iran, which has included a series of attacks on shipping in sensitive Gulf waters.
Recent raids on bases belonging to Iraqi Shiite paramilitary groups linked with Iran, attributed to Israel, sparked fears of an escalation.
There have been no military consequences so far, but the strikes have heightened divisions between pro-Tehran and pro-Washington factions in Iraq’s political class.
Baghdad has recently moved to repair ties with Saudi Arabia, a key US ally — much to Iran’s chagrin.
Riyadh recently announced a major border post on the Iraqi frontier would reopen mid-October, after being closed for almost three decades.