Kingdom, UNRWA sign agreements to provide support for Palestinians

December 19, 2009

Saudi Arabia and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) today signed three agreements providing SR 14,530,653 ($3,874,841) for humanitarian projects to alleviate their sufferings of the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank.  The three agreements are for $374, 841 for the purchase of medicine for medical centers in Gaza and the West Bank; $1.5 million for medical supplies and relief assistance for the people of Gaza; and $2 million for food for Gaza.

The agreements, signed on behalf of the Kingdom by Dr. Saed Al-Harthi, advisor to Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and chairman of the Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People, and UNRWA Commissioner-General Karen Koning AbuZayd, is in line with royal directives and the Kingdom’s unlimited support to the Palestinian people.

The Saudi Campaign for Relief of Palestinian People continues to implement numerous projects in Palestine to ease the suffering of the Palestinian people in cooperation with international humanitarian organizations.

The campaign implemented as many as 64 humanitarian programs totaling SR 969,988,764 ($258,663,670) in the West Bank and SR 165,200,915 ($44,053,577) in Gaza, Dr. Al-Harthi said.

Commissioner-General AbuZayd extended her appreciation to the Kingdom for its $25 million pledge for Nahr el-Bared refugee camp projects in North Lebanon in 2010 through the Saudi Development Fund (SDF).  She also said that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' Campaign is committed to work toward raising its overall contribution to UNRWA to over $10 million.

The three agreements are for $374, 841 for the purchase of medical supplies for medical centers in Gaza and the West Bank; $1.5 million for medical supplies and relief assistance Gazan; and $2 million for food for Gaza.