King Salman orders urgent aid to earthquake-hit Izmir

King Salman orders urgent aid to earthquake-hit Izmir
In this drone image, collapsed buildings, destroyed in the Oct. 30 earthquake are seen in Izmir, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (AP)
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Updated 07 November 2020

King Salman orders urgent aid to earthquake-hit Izmir

King Salman orders urgent aid to earthquake-hit Izmir
  • The death toll in last Friday’s Aegean Sea earthquake rose to 116 on Wednesday
  • KSRelief will provide those affected by the earthquake in Turkey with urgent medical and humanitarian aid

JEDDAH: King Salman has ordered the dispatch of urgent aid to the thousands of people affected by an earthquake in the Turkish city of Izmir, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck on Oct. 30 in the Aegean Sea and was felt as far away as Athens and Istanbul. The quake toppled buildings over, injuring thousands. The death toll rose to 116.
The aid will be dispatched through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and comes within the king’s keenness to stand by the Turkish people and alleviate the devastating effects of the earthquake, which caused heavy loss of life and damage to property, and as an extension of the humanitarian role played by the Kingdom during crises.
Meanwhile in Sudan, KSRelief is continuing with its work to provide vital shelter for those affected by floods. It distributed 139 tents in Khartoum, benefiting 834 people.

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The aid will be dispatched through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).

Its clinics are providing medical services in the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, where around 435 patients with various health conditions were treated.
The center is also offering essential medical services for displaced people at Waalan camp in Yemen’s Haradh directorate.
KSRelief, which was established in 2015, has contributed to humanitarian projects worth nearly $4.7 billion in partnership with different global nonprofit organizations.
It has implemented more than 1,367 different projects in 54 countries, especially in conflict zones and tragedy-stricken areas.
According to a recent KSRelief report, the countries and territories that have benefited the most from its projects include Yemen ($3.3 billion), Palestine ($360 million), Syria ($297 million) and Somalia ($198 million).


Mansour bin Sultan Al-Turki, member of the Saudi Shoura Council

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Mansour bin Sultan Al-Turki, member of the Saudi Shoura Council

Mansour bin Sultan Al-Turki, member of the Saudi Shoura Council

Mansour bin Sultan Al-Turki, the former security spokesman for the Interior Ministry, has been a member of the Shoura Council since October.

In 1975, he attended King Saud University for almost one year, but after hearing about the scholarship programs offered by some ministries, he applied to the Interior Ministry and was accepted for a scholarship to the US to study electrical engineering.

There, he completed a three-month English language course in San Francisco before moving to Spokane in Washington state, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, graduating in 1980.

After returning to Saudi Arabia, Al-Turki joined the traffic department at the General Directorate of Public Security. He rose in military rank to the level of major general. Al-Turki served as security spokesperson for the Interior Ministry — the first position of its kind at the ministry — from 2004 until his retirement this year. He was also head of the ministry’s control and supervision center from 1994 to 2004.

Speaking to the “Alliwan” program on Rotana Khalijia satellite TV channel, Al-Turki said that when Al-Qaeda began to target Saudi Arabia in 2003, there was no spokesperson for the Interior Ministry. “Those attacks affected oil prices, and some people had the false perception that Saudi Arabia was unable to confront terrorism. So there was a need for a spokesperson who could make clear what the Kingdom was doing in that regard, and also reassure people about their country’s security capabilities,” he said.