Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, who is also heads the Saudi Popular Campaign for the Relief of the Lebanese People, has allocated SR 21,375,000 [$5.7 million] for urgent relief assistance to the people of Lebanon.
The relief aid includes foodstuffs and medical supplies, Dr Sa'ed Al-Harethi, advisor to Prince Nayef, said. The aid will be distributed in coordination with a number of international and Lebanese organizations, he said.
Saudi Arabia has acted quickly to provide substantial aid to Lebanon. Immediately after the crisis began, Saudi Arabia provided $50 million in emergency relief assistance. On July 25, the Kingdom announced a separate aid package for Lebanon that includes a $500 million grant for reconstruction and a $1 billion deposit with the Central Bank of Lebanon to support the Lebanese economy.
In addition, a July 26 telethon to raise money for the Lebanese people collected more than SR 109 million [$29 million]. And on July 27, the Kingdom dispatched a fully equipped field hospital to Beirut to provide much-needed medical care.