KSRelief inks six accords worth $3 million to help displaced Yemenis

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah

:: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) signed six agreements worth $3 million with various organizations in Riyadh on Tuesday to help Yemenis displaced and injured by Houthi rebel actions.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the supervisor general of the center and adviser to the royal court, signed the agreements in the presence of Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al-Jabir, who is also the executive director of the Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations of the Support Center in Yemen.

Dr. Al-Rabeeah told Arab News that the agreements were for six projects to help Yemenis affected by rebel atrocities. The programs, he said, would include the third and fourth phase of the rehabilitation projects, renewal of contracts with the operations centers in Maarib in Yemen and also treatment of patients in two hospitals in Yemen and two in the Kingdom.

According to a statement, the total number of injured Yemenis has reached 4,423, with 800 currently in need of medical treatment.

Some of the injured need artificial limbs and some need treatment for their eyes, which will be carried out by Al-Magrabi hospitals in the Kingdom.

Some 80 child soldiers are being rehabilitated at various centers and the total cost of the rehabilitation program has reached about $209,350.

KSRelief has targeted areas such as Maarib province, Al-Jouf, Imran, Sanaa, and Dimaar for the rehabilitation of child soldiers rescued from the Houthi rebels.

According to Al-Rabeeah, these child soldiers are being helped to reintegrate into society and lead a normal life. An awareness campaign is being carried out among the Yemeni people and the parents of these children to treat them with understanding and guide them back to society.

Yemen ambassador Al-Jabir told Arab News that the assistance provided by the center was not only in supplying foods, medicines and clothes to distressed Yemenis. He said that Iran-backed Houthi rebels had destroyed the peaceful life of Yemenis in their homeland.

There are some 2 million Yemenis working in the Kingdom and they send more than $10 million to their families in Yemen. The Kingdom, he said, had opened certain points, including an airbridge, to enable organizations to transport relief goods, whether government-controlled or Houthi-controlled goods, to reach people in need.

To boost the economy of Yemen, the envoy said that the Kingdom has funded its Central Bank with $2 billion and another $1.5 billion has been given to UN organizations to help distressed Yemenis.

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