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Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabeeah. SPA

Washington- Adviser at the Saudi Royal Court and General Supervisor of Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabeeah said that the center has implemented 153 projects with a total value of 629,388,898 dollars with no partiality and respect for international humanitarian law and participation of 86 UN, regional and local partners.

He pointed out to the KSRelief interest in programs and projects directed to women and children as it implemented 103 projects, benefiting 31,954,655 women in the amount of $157,389,667; including 68 projects in the fields of education, protection, food security, health, water and environmental sanitation for Yemeni women.

He added that the center also implemented 116 projects for children in the world, including 60,329,694 children.

Rabeeah stressed that the projects for children in Yemen focused on protection, rehabilitation, food, nutrition, health and environmental sanitation.

During a press conference in the Saudi Embassy in Washington, Rabeeah highlighted the challenges facing humanitarian action in Yemen, stressing importance of benefiting from all the sea, land and air ports for the entry of humanitarian aid and not relying on Hodeidah port, which is exposed to violations committed by Houthi militias.

He stressed the great role played by the coalition forces to facilitate the entry of aid and issuance of air, sea and land permits that reached 14,444 permits for the UN and international organizations in addition to the Coalition Forces’ keenness to protect civilians, children and women through more than 40,000 protection zones.

He said that his country doesn’t have any problem or disagreement with Yemeni citizens in general, even if they were supporters for Houthis or are Yazidis; however, their disagreement is with armed militias that fight the citizens, threaten the stability and violate the Saudi-Yemeni borders.

“We want this crisis to end in accordance with what Yemeni people want, and we want to restore power to the legitimate government and to achieve peace and security.”