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 Railway Company resumes work post-lockdown

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Updated 10 min 17 sec ago

Saudi Railway Company resumes work post-lockdown

  • Saudi Railway Company asked customers to comply with anti-coronavirus measures at stations and while traveling

DAMMAM: The Saudi Railway Company (SAR) resumed its trips on Sunday morning following the easing of lockdown restrictions, with its first journey setting off from Riyadh to Dammam, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The lockdown, which started on March 21, saw a suspension of all travel between cities. Restrictions are being lifted in three phases.

On Sunday 143 passengers boarded the first train out of Riyadh amid strict precautionary and safety measures. The train passed through Hofuf and Abqaiq stations, with the return trip carrying 118 passengers.

Preventive measures and precautionary procedures include taking the temperature of passengers, ensuring they wear masks, and maintaining a safe distance between them.

SAR distributed seats according to approved standards to maintain a safe distance between people. Stations placed signs on the floor giving guidance and also displayed awareness messages.

SAR asked customers to comply with anti-coronavirus measures at stations and while traveling.

It emphasized the importance of continuing to comply with health measures and procedures in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.