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After breaking the siege in Taiz, the Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works (KSRELIEF) distributed 20,000 of food baskets.  The aid distribution is part of a project of distributing 100,000 food baskets in the Taiz region.

  • March 17, 2016

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques sent a cable of condolences to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the victims of the terrorist attack that took place in Ankara.  The King said in his cable, “We learned with grief about the terrorist attack that took place in Ankara which resulted in casualties.  As we strongly condemn these criminal act, which is contrary to all human values and ethical principles, we, on behalf of the Government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, condole your excellency, the families of the victims and the brotherly Turkish people, praying to Allah Almighty for bestowing His mercy upon the victims and for a speedy recovery for the injured people, and to spare you, your country and your brotherly people all evils.”

  • March 14, 2016

Spokesman of Coalition Forces Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Asiri said that North Thunder military drill is currently being held in Hafr-Al-Batin in northern Saudi Arabia; where 20 Arab and Islamic countries are participating in order to ensure the readiness of their armed forces. The drill is led by Saudi Arabia.

“The drill includes helicopters and fighter jets targeting areas where ground forces engage with terrorist elements, in addition to saving members of the joint forces trapped in hostile areas, and clearing all enemy areas,” Brig. Gen. Al-Asiri said.

Brig. Gen. Asiri pointed out that North Thunder is designed to address and deter militias and terrorist elements, and to reach the two phases of compatibility and integration among the participating countries’ forces through exchange of military experience among them in order to reach the goal of unity and rapid presence to meet the request of any country to summon forces to intervene to save its security and that of the region.

  • March 8, 2016

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz received at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today the Special Representative of European Union for Middle East Peace Process, Fernando Gentilini.  During the reception, they reviewed the latest developments in the Middle East and efforts being exerted towards them.

  • March 8, 2016

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRELIEF) successfully carried out three rounds of airdrops for Taiz, Yemen, over the last three days, the center’s General Supervisor, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, told reporters in Washington today.  Dr. Al-Rabeeah said that Taiz had been the most difficult city for the international community to reach, but through airdrops and working with NGOs, the center was able to break the siege.

KSRELIEF works with international NGOs to ensure aid is distributed across Yemen, with no prejudice or limit. “There is no restriction to the regions. We have equally reached the north and the south, so we have delivered aid to Sana’a, Sa’dah, as much as we deliver to Aden and Taiz,” said Dr. Al-Rabeeah.

Dr. Al-Rabeeah that KSRELIEF is coordinating with international NGOs on the ground in Yemen for both relief and recovery needs. He said that the highest priorities for relief needs are food, health and refugee assistance. For recovery, top priorities are health, agriculture and education. “We are involved in all of those,” said Dr. Al-Rabeeah.  He added that the center is already working with the World Health Organization and UNICEF on programs that will recover health facilities.

“Our program with WHO is to help recover 50 health facilities, irrespective of where they are. With UNICEF, we have major programs for recovery of health and also prevention programs, which is mother and child programs, vaccinations,” said Dr. Al-Rabeeah.

“We just signed a few weeks ago with ICRC (International Committee of Red Cross), a program of $10 million, again in health, which is the mobile emergency teams and reactivating the closed rehabilitation centers, three in the north and two in the south,” he said.

While currently focusing on the crises in Yemen, KSRELIEF is also operational in Djibouti, Somalia, Tajikistan, and Mauritania. The center is also preparing to launch humanitarian operations in Syria and Ethiopia.

  • March 7, 2016