Overseas aid from Saudi Arabia must go through KSRelief, spokesman reiterates

A royal order stipulates that any donations for humanitarian or charitable overseas aid —  whether from government or civilian sources — must be made through KSRelief. (SPA)
Updated 10 October 2019

Overseas aid from Saudi Arabia must go through KSRelief, spokesman reiterates

  • Dr. Samer Al-Jetaily stressed that the reasons behind the ruling are to prevent people from falling foul of laws covering suspicious activities
  • Al-Jetaily added that the center has set up an online platform to receive donations — donate.ksrelief.org

RIYADH: Dr. Samer Al-Jetaily, the spokesman of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), said that fundraising efforts for overseas aid by other communities, institutions or associations based in the Kingdom contravene the royal order stipulating that any donations for humanitarian or charitable overseas aid —  whether from government or civilian sources — must be made through KSRelief.

Al-Jetaily stressed that the reasons behind this ruling are to prevent people from falling foul of laws covering suspicious activities, including money laundering and the funding of terror groups, and called on people not to respond to promotions online calling for donations to other organizations. KSRelief, he said, is focused on delivering aid to the needy abroad with complete transparency in accordance with domestic and international standards.

He added that the center has set up an online platform to receive donations — donate.ksrelief.org — and that donations can also be made via text message, on all mobile networks in the Kingdom, to the number 5565.


Saudi Arabia launches investigation into firearm incident at AlUla-Neom rally

Updated 11 November 2019

Saudi Arabia launches investigation into firearm incident at AlUla-Neom rally

  • A man intercepted one of the rally drivers and came at him with a gun
  • The suspect's firearm and vehicle have been seized

RIYADH: A criminal investigation has been launched after an armed man intercepted a vehicle taking part in a rally in Saudi Arabia.
The Kingdom’s Public Prosecution said the suspect came out of his car carrying a firearm and aimed it at the driver in a car competing in the AlUla-Neom race.
“The Public Prosecution has ordered the seizure of the firearm and the vehicle used in the crime, and ordered the arrest of the accused pending the case,” a statement issued on the state-run said.
The AlUla-Neom race ran from Tuesday to Saturday and was won by Saudi driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi.
Fifty-nine cars, seven motorcycles, seven quads and one truck tackled the even, which was the third stage of the Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship.