KSRelief Chief Says Aid Indiscriminately Offered to All Yemenis

KSRelief Chief Says Aid Indiscriminately Offered to All Yemenis

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018 - 10:45
KSRelief Chief Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah , Asharq Al-Awsat
Paris – Michelle Abu Njaim
The King Salman Humanitarian Relief and Humanitarian Center continues to expand its relief works and bolster new partnerships, objectives that have been at the heart of its establishment three years ago, said KSRelief Chief Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah.

In a meeting in Paris with delegates from the Arab Group of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Rabeeah said that KSRelief represents the ‘humanitarian arm’ of Saudi Arabia.

He revealed that the center cooperates with at least 80 partners, and its programs include health, education and food sectors.

According to statistics, the center provides support to hospitals in Saada and Hajjah, which are Houthi strongholds.

In contrast to misleading information, Rabeeah confirmed that the 21 Yemeni ports are open. However, blamed Houthis for inhibiting relief aid sent into Yemen.

Houthis have recently seized the 19 cargo ships carrying relief assistance to hospitals, as well as the disrupting the arrival of dozens of other ships and aid convoys.

In the past few years, 419 humanitarian projects amounting to some $ 1.7 billion have been implemented across 40 countries, among which is Yemen, said Rabeeah.

He added that the center coordinates with the UN Coordination Bureau and the Coalition Forces Military Coordination Office to ensure the access of the assistance via air, sea and land ports, adding that 22,000 clearances were issued up to date.

The KSRelief Chief stressed that 21 ports in Yemen are open for the entry of commercial goods, humanitarian materials and fuel, highlighting and urging action against Houthi-imposed obstacles facing the humanitarian aid.

On the other hand, Rabeeha pointed out that the center has built 122 partnerships with local, regional and international parties.

Rabeeah came to Paris to sign two additional partnership agreements with UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay.

The first agreement, he explained, is a "general framework" for cooperation with UNESCO on building capacity and partnerships and creating joint programs in the education sector.

Both UNESCO and KSRelief are cooperating in six projects valued at $ 22 million, and are studying the possibility of cooperation in two additional projects.

The second agreement, valued at $ 3 million, is intended to support the education sector in Lebanon, so that it will be able to accommodate refugee Syrian students.

Rabeeah asserted that the Kingdom led various humanitarian projects and programs for the Syrian people since outbreak of the crisis at a cost of $1 billion, highlighting the KSRelief's projects for displaced Rohingyas in the Cox-Bazar region in Bangladesh.

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