Saudi Arabia, UAE send 95 tons of relief aid to flood-hit Iranians

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The plane will deliver relief items, including large quantities of food, tents and shelter materials. (Courtesy: WAM)
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The plane will deliver relief items, including large quantities of food, tents and shelter materials. (Courtesy: WAM)
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The plane will deliver relief items, including large quantities of food, tents and shelter materials. (Courtesy: WAM)
Updated 18 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE send 95 tons of relief aid to flood-hit Iranians

  • The plane was accompanied by a delegation from the Red Crescent to deliver relief items, including large quantities of food, tents and shelter materials

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have sent a relief plane to Tehran carrying 95 tons of relief items to support flooding victims as part of the joint UAE-Saudi initiative to alleviate the suffering of Iranians.

The plane was accompanied by a delegation from the Red Crescent to deliver relief items, including large quantities of food, tents and shelter materials.

Iran’s worst flooding in 70 years started on March 19 and has killed at least 76 people. It has forced more than 220,000 into emergency shelters and caused an estimated $2.5 billion in damage to roads, bridges, homes and farmland.

The two countries said the Iran relief operation was a reflection of their approach to stand by those affected by humanitarian crises and natural disasters everywhere, and at any time.

“The instructions of King Salman embody the ties of brotherhood that link Saudi Arabia to the Iranian people,” Dr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Qasem, president of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA), said.

The SRCA has assigned a team to supervise the preparation of logistics and food in collaboration with its UAE counterpart.

The northeast of Iran was first to be hit by floods before the west and southwest were inundated on March 25. On April 1, the west and southwest were again engulfed after heavy rain returned.

Tehran has told its citizens, especially flood-affected farmers, that all losses will be compensated.

(With SPA)


King Salman to host 1,000 Sudanese pilgrims 

Updated 22 July 2019
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King Salman to host 1,000 Sudanese pilgrims 

  • 500 pilgrims are to be selected from the Sudanese army
  • Another 500 to be selected from families of Sudanese soldiers who died while fighting Houthi terrorists in Yemen

RIYADH: King Salman has issued an order to host 1,000 pilgrims from Sudan to perform Hajj, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

According to the directive, the 1,000 pilgrims will perform Hajj within the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah, implemented and supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance.

Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said that of this total, 500 pilgrims would be selected from the Sudanese army and those belonging to the families of Sudanese martyred while participating in the “Determination Storm and Restoring of Hope” operations within the Arab coalition forces supporting the legitimate government in Yemen.

This year, King Salman has ordered the hosting of 1,300 pilgrims from around the world as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah.

Earlier, King Salman issued a directive for the hosting of 200 Hajj pilgrims from the families of victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The king also ordered 1,000 Palestinian pilgrims who are family members of martyrs to be hosted while they performed Hajj.  

Al-Asheikh said that the hosting of the families during the Hajj season was part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to “confront and defeat terrorism” in all its forms.

So far, the number of pilgrims who have arrived in the Kingdom since the start of the Hajj season has reached 562,056, according to statistics issued by the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.

Most pilgrims — 547,505 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 8,548 entered by land and 6,003 arrived by sea, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Last year more that 1.75 million pilgrims from abroad performed Hajj, according to figures from the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.