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KSRelief Stresses its Impartially in Yemen | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center

New York – Royal Court and Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, KSRelief, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabiah stated that the center works impartially in Yemen.

He said that the center has established a working committee composed of officials from the Saudi Ministry of Health, its Yemeni counterpart, a UNICEF official and a World Health Organization official to address the spread of cholera in Yemen.

In a joint press conference with Saudi Arabia’s permanent Ambassador to the United Nations Abdullah al-Moallimi at the UN headquarters in New York, Rabiah stressed that UN findings indicate that the cholera epidemic is less spread in areas controlled by the legitimate government. He attributed this to the refusal of the Houthi militias to provide humanitarian assistance to the hospitals under their control.

Rabiah confirmed that official statistics indicate that the mortality index in Yemen has decreased from 1.2 to 0.4 percent and the recovery rate has increased to 99 percent, which is “very significant.”

He stressed that KSRelief’s work is impartial as it works with its partners, such as the United Nations and other NGOs.

“The center has donated medical equipment and provided funds to all Yemeni areas regardless whether it is in the south or north of the country,” Rabiah said.

He participated in an informal meeting held by the Security Council on Monday at the UN headquarters under the so-called “Arya” on “the vital role of the United Nations humanitarian partners in the crisis in Yemen.”

He assured the attendees that the center was not established in the war-torn country to only fight cholera epidemic, but it has other humanitarian roles.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s permanent Ambassador to the United Nations Abdullah al-Moallimi stressed his country’s support for UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed’s proposals on the Yemeni crisis.

Moallimi accused the insurgents of rejecting these proposals, which call for placing the port of Hodeidah under the supervision of the United Nations.