Saudi campaign to fund $6.5 million worth of UN relief projects for Gaza

January 26, 2009

The head of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Relief Campaign for the Palestinian People in Gaza, Dr. Sa’id Al Harthi, signed a cooperation agreement yesterday with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).


According to Dr. Al Harthi, the Saudi campaign will provide the funding for an estimated SR 24,375,000 [$6.5 million] worth of development projects and other relief programs in Gaza, which will be carried out by the UNRWA.

"The agreement is a continuation of the cooperation between the campaign and UNWRA, which will provide all basic services for needy Palestinian families," Al Harthi said.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Relief Campaign has received over SR 224 million [$60 million] in donations to date. The campaign has also launched an aid convoy consisting of more than 70 trucks carrying 770 tons of basic necessities. Furthermore, the campaign is working in cooperation with other international organizations, including the World Food Program, to ensure the timely delivery of aid to Gaza residents.

Meanwhile, Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz, the President of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority, noted today that his organization will provide more than 300 tons of water to Palestinians in Gaza over the next two days.