Saudi Arabia will maintain leading role in giving humanitarian aid

The KSRelief works on developing partnerships with pioneering organizations in humanitarian work and ensures an immediate response in the cases of crisis. (SPA)
Updated 25 March 2018

Saudi Arabia will maintain leading role in giving humanitarian aid

RIYADH: President of the Shoura Council Abdullah Al-Asheikh is leading the Kingdom’s delegation participating in the 138th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The assembly, which began on Saturday in Geneva, will be on the theme of “Strengthening the global regime for migrants and refugees: The need for evidence-based policy solutions.”
In a news conference, Al-Asheikh announced that Saudi Arabia feels the suffering of all people in distress and in need around the world and seeks to assist them and support them. The Kingdom has achieved an advanced place among the top 10 countries in providing aid for migrants, refugees, victims of natural disasters and other people in need, he added.
He said the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) is an international portal to deliver humanitarian, relief and charitable aid.
Al-Asheikh stressed the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure the care of Syrian refugees. It has received more than a million-and-a-half Syrian citizens and made sure not to deal with them as refugees nor to place them in refugee camps. The Kingdom has also granted them full freedom of movement and offered legal residence for the thousands who wished to stay and treated them as the rest of the residents, giving them free medical care and education. Saudi Arabia is also supporting millions of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, including Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. Its efforts also covered financial and in-kind humanitarian assistance in coordination with hosting governments of other countries and International humanitarian relief organizations.
He said the Kingdom is dealing with Yemeni residents as visitors as they now have nothing to do with their legitimate government. The KSA has granted many concessions to more than half a million Yemenis, exempting them from fines and other penalties. The Kingdom is also assisting Yemeni refugees in Yemen, Djibouti and Somalia.
Al-Asheikh also said the Kingdom will continue exerting humanitarian efforts to preserve humans’ dignity, without any political motivations but in line with the instructions of King Salman, one of the world’s pioneers in the field of humanitarian and charitable work.

Saudi Arabia says Jeddah fuel tank blast caused by ‘Houthi terrorist missile’

Updated 24 November 2020

Saudi Arabia says Jeddah fuel tank blast caused by ‘Houthi terrorist missile’

  • Energy ministry says blast was result of 'a terrorist attack with a projectile'
  • The Arab coalition says those responsible would be held to account

RIYADH: A missile fired by Houthi militants in Yemen sparked an  explosion and fire at a fuel distribution site near Jeddah on Monday.

The blast took place at 3.50 a.m. and causing a fire in a fuel tank at the petroleum products distribution station, north of the city, Saudi Arabia’s energy ministry said. 

The blast was the result of “a terrorist attack with a projectile,” the ministry said.

Firefighting teams managed to extinguish the blaze, and no injuries or loss of life occurred as a result of this attack.

Saudi Aramco’s supply of fuel to its customers was not affected.

The Arab coalition fighting to restore the internationally recognised government in Yemen said those responsible would be held to account. 

“The terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia has been positively identified as the culprits of this cowardly terrorist assault,” coalition spokesman Brig.-Gen. Turki Al-Maliki said. 

The attack, he said, was not just an attack on Saudi Arabia’s national assets, “but on the core of the global economy and its supply routes, as well as the security of global energy.”

He said the attack was a continuation of attacks on other oil facilities in the Kingdom, including a cruise missile and drone assault in Abqaiq and Khurais last year. Those attacks were initially claimed by the Houthis, although evidence suggested they came direct from Iran.

“Substantiated evidence proved the direct involvement of the Iranian regime in those terrorist assaults using Iranian-made advanced conventional weapons,” Al-Maliki said.

He said the coalition would act to safeguard civilians and civilian infrastructure. 

“All terrorist elements who participated in plotting and executing these hostile, terrorist operations against civilians and civilian objects will be held accountable in accordance with the Customary International Humanitarian Law,” he added.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has also condemned the attack Jeddah’s fuel facility, saying it supports any measures by Saudi Arabia to protect its security.

The UAE also condemned the attack, saying it is evidence that Houthis are seeking to undermine the stability of the region.

The Yemeni foreign ministry also said the terror attack proves the Houthis' “lack of seriousness towards peace.” 

The Arab League also denounced the “cowardly terrorist attack” that targeted the fuel distribution station in Jeddah.