Yemeni people trust Saudi Arabia, says deputy prime minister

Hussein Mohammed Arab

:: Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Maj. Gen. Hussein Mohammed Arab, praised the Saudi humanitarian and active role in the Yemeni cause saying the Yemeni people trust the Kingdom.

“Saudi Arabia has dealt with the Yemeni people equitably as it even provided support and assistance to children and families … it comprehensively took care of the Yemeni people,” he said.

He added that operations “Decisive Storm” and “Restore Hope” were built on sound foundations because the danger does not threaten Yemen alone, but threatens everyone.

This came in a press statement following the visit on Monday by the Yemeni deputy prime minister and his accompanying delegation to the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).

Arab met with the general supervisor of KSRelief and adviser at the royal court, Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, who welcomed him and his delegation.

Arab said: “KSRelief has contributed to saving many souls, whether in Yemen or the rest of the world.”

He also indicated that the KSRelief has become an international center that provides support and assistance to many suffering people, and gave priority to Yemen.

“Yemen’s hospitals would not have accommodated patients without the support of the center. We were in an unimaginable state; most of hospitals were destroyed and the others were severely damaged.”

He also explained that Yemen faced a severe problem of providing dialysis for thousands of patients.

“With the support of KSRelief through the provision of hundreds of tons of medicines, vaccines and equipment, many hospitals and health centers have been re-opened.”

He pointed out that the Kingdom, through KSRelief, provided treatment for the wounded inside and outside Yemen and in the hospitals of the Kingdom, Jordan and Sudan.

Al-Rabeeah said that KSRelief was established two-and-a-half years ago to be the humanitarian arm of Saudi Arabia.

“The center was able to reach 38 countries around the world through more than 245 projects. The first of these countries was Yemen, where the center’s biggest concern was to ease the suffering of the Yemeni people,” he said.

The center has implemented more than 161 projects in Yemen that varied between food security, shelter, nutrition, health care, environmental sanitation and care for Yemeni refugees in the Kingdom, Djibouti and Somalia.

KSRelief has also implemented more than 80 projects directed toward Yemeni children and more than 68 projects for Yemeni women.

Al-Rabeeah reiterated the center’s desire to reach all areas of Yemen, whether under the control of the legitimate government or the Houthi militias.

“This kind of work faces great challenges; perhaps the most important is the intransigence of the militias against KSRelief and all international organizations to prevent access of aid to many areas,” he pointed out

The KSRelief chief added that he is sure that coordination will support access of aid to all regions of Yemen.

KSRelief has enhanced Yemeni health facilities in terms of the infrastructure of 103 health centers and hospitals.

“KSRelief treats the wounded inside and outside Yemen and in the Kingdom, Sudan and Jordan. More than 10,000 injured were treated with the support of the Saudi government,” he concluded.

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