RIYADH: King Salman has instructed Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian charity to provide urgent medical and shelter aid worth $10 million to Ukrainian refugees who have fled to neighboring countries, mainly Poland, following Russia’s invasion.
The initiative is being run in coordination with the Polish government and the UN.
A tweet on Wednesday from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, said: “King Salman directs KSrelief to provide urgent medical and shelter aid worth $10 million to refugees from Ukraine to neighboring countries.”
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the center’s supervisor general, said the monarch’s generous directive was an extension of the Kingdom’s efforts to help the needy and relieve suffering around the world.
The UN, which is working alongside other organizations to support those leaving Ukraine, said as of April 6, more than 4.3 million people had fled the East European nation. The majority, 2,514,504 refugees, had taken shelter in Poland, with Romania taking in 662,751, Hungary 404,021, and Moldova 401,704.
Saudi Arabia, via KSrelief, is one of the top donors of humanitarian aid. Last year, the Kingdom was ranked third globally and first in the Arab world for its aid provision, with grants totaling more than $841 million.