Saudi Border Guards rescue 5 people at sea in Alkhobar and Yanbu

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Saudi Border Guards rescued a family from drowning in Alkhobar on Friday.
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Saudi Border Guards rescued a family from drowning in Alkhobar on Friday.
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Updated 23 February 2020

Saudi Border Guards rescue 5 people at sea in Alkhobar and Yanbu

  • Saved from drowning in Alkhobar were a father and his two children
  • In Yanbu, a naval patrol rescued two Bangladeshi fishermen

ALKHOBAR/YANBU: Saudi Border Guards rescued five people in two separate sea mishaps over the weekend.

In the first incident, a maritime patrol saved a citizen and his two daughters from drowning in Alkhobar on Friday.

Omar Al-Aklabi, media spokesman for Border Guards in the Eastern Province, said the Command and Control Center received a call from a woman saying her husband and two daughters, aged 2 and 8, were out swimming and had not returned to the beach.

Search and rescue teams, along with ambulances, were sent to the spot and saved the man and his daughters. All three are now in good condition, the spokesman said.

Al-Aklabi stressed the importance of following safety measures listed on the beaches, which include swimming only in designated places.

Rescued in the second incident were two Bangladeshi fishermen who got stranded in a boat in the Red Sea off the western city of Yanbu.

Colonel Maher Al-Morai, media spokesman for the Border Guards in Madinah region, said the command center received a distress call on Saturday that a boat with two men aboard got wrecked in the Shaab Al-Wasl area in Yanbu.

A naval patrol was dispatched to the wreck site and the fishermen were rescued, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Saudi Arabia pledges $500m of aid to Yemen

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Saudi Arabia pledges $500m of aid to Yemen

  • $300 million will go to UN agencies and $200 million to KSrelief.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia pledged $500 million of support to Yemen on Tuesday as the Kingdom hosted a major international donor conference.

The money will go toward the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2020 and COVID-19 Response plan, Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the supervisor general of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief), said.

He said of the Saudi pledge, $300 million would go to UN agencies working in Yemen and $200 million would be allocated to KSRelief.

“We are meeting today amid the conditions the world is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and all the economic, health and political challenges that it has caused,” Al-Rabeeah told the virtual conference. “Yemen is facing many difficult humanitarian and health challenges, and the Yemeni people are suffering from multiple crises caused by Iran-backed Houthi militias.”

He said the Houthis, who seized the capital Sanaa in 201, sparking the conflict, “do not consider epidemics.”

The Houthis had deprived the Yemeni people of their most basic human rights “by looting and stealing humanitarian aid and using it for miliary purposes.,” Al-Rabeeah added.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan said the Kingdom supported all the efforts by the UN to reach a political solution in Yemen “and to lift the suffering of the Yemeni people.”

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia positively believe in mobilizing global efforts to address the situation in Yemen and alleviating the suffering of the Yemeni people and fulfil the country’s aspirations for a better future,” he said.