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KSRelief: Saudi Arabia Provided $13 Bn to Yemen

KSRelief: Saudi Arabia Provided $13 Bn to Yemen

Sunday, 8 July, 2018 - 08:00
KSRelief Spokesman Samer al-Jutaili
Asharq Al-Awsat
Saudi Arabia’s extensive relief efforts in Yemen are made possible by generous directives from the Kingdom’s leadership indicating that all possible aid and relief should be provided to the Yemeni people until the humanitarian crisis in their country has ended, stated Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) Abdullah al-Rabeeah.

Rabeeah was speaking on the occasion of recent report issued by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announcing that Saudi Arabia has topped donor states to the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response plan by donating $530.4 million out of a total of $1.54 billion.

The Supervisor pointed out that, since its establishment three years ago, KSrelief has implemented some 269 impartial humanitarian programs and projects in Yemen which provided vital assistance to Yemenis in all parts of the country. Project sectors have included: food, nutrition, medicine, protection, care, shelter, children’s vaccinations, maternal care, elderly care, and education.

KSrelief has also provided targeted programs such as the Child Soldiers Rehabilitation Program to help former child soldiers in Yemen who were recruited by Houthi militias and the MASAM project to de-mine Yemen, stated Rabeeah.

Ksrelief also initiated cholera treatment and eradication projects which have been largely successful, and the Kingdom also provides funds, and in some cases, operational support, for private and public hospitals throughout Yemen.

It is worth mentioning that KSrelief works in coordination with UN agencies and other international and regional organizations to ensure the optimal efficiency of the overall humanitarian response to the plight of the Yemeni people.

The Center carries out much of its important work in Yemen according to humanitarian response plans issued annually by the United Nations.

In cooperation with local Yemeni partners and the Yemen High Relief Committee, KSRelief wants to ensure that all Yemenis receive the help they need.

Rabeeah stressed that reports from OCHA and other humanitarian organizations clearly state that Saudi Arabia is a leading provider of humanitarian assistance, adding that KSrelief will continue to provide all possible assistance worldwide to alleviate the suffering of all in need.

KSRelief Spokesman Samer al-Jutaili told Asharq Al-Awsat that recent OCHA report on Saudi Arabia topping donor countries demonstrates the country's keenness to bring stability and restore legitimacy in Yemen in parallel with alleviating the human suffering whether in areas controlled by the legitimate government or controlled by the coup militia.

Jutaili said, since its establishment, the Center has been working to support all agreements that ensure stability in Yemen in coordination with international organizations and civil institutions operating in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia supports all efforts to ensure the stability of Yemen, whether socially, economically or the infrastructure, he said adding that total aid provided by Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the crisis is about $13 billion targeting different sectors.

The Spokesman indicated that international communities are responsible to provide fast responses to the humanitarian needs in Yemen, in addition to issuing clear reports showing the real coverage of the humanitarian response plan, and issuing international reports to assess the performance of international organizations.

Jutaili hoped thtt this generous funding would make a difference in the life of the Yemeni citizen and benefit from the 60 percent of the response plan.

In its recent report, OCHA mentioned that Saudi Arabia has also topped donor states outside the UNYHRP 2018 by providing $196 million out of $466.4 million.

The strategic objectives of the response plan are saving lives, protecting civilians, enhancing equitable aid distribution and guaranteeing the flexibility and durability of humanitarian work.

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