Saudi Arabia's KSRelief: ‘Humanitarian aid to Yemen is Arab coalition’s top priority’

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) holds joint press conference with Mark Lowcock, UN under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. (SPA)
Updated 02 December 2018

Saudi Arabia's KSRelief: ‘Humanitarian aid to Yemen is Arab coalition’s top priority’

RIYADH: Humanitarian aspect of the Yemeni conflict is the top priority of Saudi Arabia and other members of the Arab coalition, said Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).
He said the coalition members strongly support entry of humanitarian aid into Yemen and reject exploitation of this issue for political gains.
He was addressing a joint press conference held at KSRelief headquarters in Riyadh on Sunday with Mark Lowcock, UN under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
Al-Rabeeah called on the UN and the international community to act against Houthis and put an end to their violation of international laws, which the Iranian-backed group commits by hindering the safe passage of humanitarian aid to civilians.
Highlighting the strong historical bonds between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, he said members of the Arab coalition, particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE, have made provision of humanitarian aid to Yemen their top priority.
Members of the coalition supporting the legitimate government in Yemen against the Houthi militias has so far donated $18 billion in aid to help Yemen over three years, KSRelief chief said.
He said the coalition is making efforts in coordination with different UN agencies to provide relief to the Yemenis.
In response to UN reports about worsening food security in Yemen, Al-Rabeeah said Saudi Arabia and the UAE pledged $500 million that will help around 13 million Yemenis in the coming months.
He also lauded the UN for taking measures in coordination with KSRelief to alleviate the suffering of the Yemenis.
The UN official praised the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts in Yemen. Lowcock said six million Yemenis receive humanitarian aid from Saudi Arabia through KSRelief.
The center, he added, also contributed to the provision of food and drinking water to Yemeni civilians.
He said the UN hopes to play a constructive role in reaching an amicable agreement over Yemen’s Hodeidah Port.
Lowcock expressed his thanks to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and other countries and international organizations for their great role in supporting humanitarian work in Yemen.


Mohammed Abdul-Jawad, former Saudi footballer

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Mohammed Abdul-Jawad, former Saudi footballer

  • Abdul-Jawad was the left-back for the Saudi national team
  • Abdul-Jawad was born in November 1962 in Jeddah

Mohammed Abdul-Jawad, former Saudi national football team’s left-back, has recently been appointed coach of the Brazilian club Internacional de Minas’s youth team. 

Abdul-Jawad was born in November 1962 in Jeddah. He joined Al-Ahli team in 1980 at the age of 18. He is famous for his loyalty to the team, as he never switched sides.

His excellent skills helped him earn a spot in the Saudi national squad. He successfully remained part of the national team for 15 years during which he continued to play for Al-Ahli and won several domestic and regional titles.

Abdul-Jawad was part of the Saudi national team that won the Asia Cup in 1984 and 1988, and participated in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 as well as the World Cup finals.

Mario Zagallo, former Brazilian coach of the Saudi team between 1981 and 1984, gave him shirt number 13, which was Zagallo’s number when he played for his country in the 1950s.

In a TV interview, Abdul-Jawad said that Zagallo admired the way he spoke Brazilian and gave him his number as a gift.

The first international appearance for the left-footed defender was in 1981 against Kuwait, which had great strikers like Jasim Yaqoub and Faisal Al-Dakheel. Abdul-Jawad showed excellent performance.

Abdul-Jawad was known for his ability to score beautiful goals from outside the area. The Saudi fans will not forget his goal against Cameroon in the Afro-Asian Cup of Nations championship. The flying-defender, as he was always called, shot from more than 30 yards outside the box and into the Cameroon’s net.

Abdul-Jawad, father of six, hung his boots in 1995 and started another career as a football agent and a pundit for TV football programs. His fluency in English and Portuguese helped him succeed in both careers.