2003 News Story

Relief planes dispatched to earthquake victims in Iran

Five Saudi Arabian relief planes arrived in Iran loaded with food, medical supplies, tents, and blankets for the victims of a powerful earthquake which hit the city of Bam in southeastern Iran yesterday morning.

The relief aid, totalling more than 150 tons, was dispatched on the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the Deputy Premier and Commander of the National Guard.  A medical team specializing in disaster from the Saudi Red Crescent Society and the Ministry of Health has been dispatched to Bam.  The aid is within the framework of the Kingdom's Islamic and humanitarian commitments to provide all possible aid to the Iranian government and people and is being coordinated with Iranian authorities.