Saudi Arabia Launches Campaign To Provide Humanitarian Assistance to the People of...

Sun Jan 4, 2009 4:24pm EST

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Saudi Arabia Launches Campaign To Provide Humanitarian Assistance to the
People of Gaza

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
launched "the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Campaign to Provide
Humanitarian Relief to the Palestinian People in Gaza."  This effort is a
nationwide endeavor which is coordinated by a number of entities, including
representative of the provincial governments, the Ministry of Culture and
Information, the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and a number of other
departments. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz
initiated the fund with a donation of $8 million.  

The Campaign is part of a broader humanitarian effort by the Kingdom to
provide humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people during this
difficult time. 

King Abdullah has ordered the delivery of medical aid to civilian victims, as
well as the transportation of the wounded to Saudi Arabia for treatment at
Saudi hospitals, a number of whom have already arrived in the Kingdom. 

Saudi Arabia delivered its first shipment, two cargo planes with more than 20
tons of medical supplies, on December 30. Saudi Medevac planes are airlifting
injured Palestinians to Saudi hospitals, including King Faisal Specialist
Hospital, where King Abdullah has personally paid a visit to wounded
Palestinian youth. 

"This is an effort by the Saudi people to help alleviate the tragic
humanitarian situation of the people in Gaza," said Saudi Ambassador to the
United States Adel A. Al-Jubeir.

This is distributed by Qorvis Communications, LLC on behalf of the Royal
Embassy of Saudi Arabia.  Additional information is available at the
Department of Justice, Washington, DC.

SOURCE  Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Press Office, +1-202-337-4076,
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