KSRelief signs deals to combat COVID-19 in Yemen, Palestine

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KS Relief workers handing over food aid in Yemen. (SPA)
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KS Relief workers handing over relief goods to Palestinian refugees in Jordan. (SPA)
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Updated 09 April 2020

KSRelief signs deals to combat COVID-19 in Yemen, Palestine

RIYAEH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) signed six contracts with specialized companies on Wednesday to provide Yemen and Palestine with essential medical devices and supplies to combat the spread of coronavirus and mitigate its impact on their peoples.
The contracts were signed by KSRelief’s General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah during the 10th virtual meeting of the center’s committee concerned with combating coronavirus in affected countries.
The meeting, presided by Al-Rabeeah, discussed means to provide necessary medical assistance to several coronavirus-affected countries.
This comes in line with King Salman’s directives to stand by these countries in cooperation with the UN, its agencies and organizations.
“The six signed contracts come in the framework of the implementation of the royal orders. They include the provision of a number of essential preventive medical devices and supplies that are used in such crises to support the sisterly Yemen and Palestine in the face of the coronavirus,” Al-Rabeeah said in a statement.
“These directives embody the Kingdom’s noble humanitarian role and reflect its keenness to harness its capabilities and resources in the service of humanitarian causes.”
He recalling the king’s order to support the World Health Organization with $10 million, in response to “the urgent appeal it launched to all states, which aimed to intensify efforts and take international preventive measures to limit the spread of the virus in countries with vulnerable health systems.”
The KSRelief committee is looking into the possibility of providing similar assistance to the world’s most needy countries.


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

  • Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service
  • People can register through the Absher platform

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s initiative Awdah helped 12,798 expatriates return home amid the coronavirus travel bans, state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which means return in Arabic, was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help stranded expats return to their home countries and received a total of 178,452 individual registrations between April 22 to June 3. Only those whose countries have agreed to receive them have been flown out.
Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service.
To register, a person must use the Absher platform to provide residency number, date of birth, phone number, city of departure and name of airport at home country, the report added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other governmental organizations are working together to help stranded expats return home.