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A Saudi security personnel stands next to a truck loaded with aid offered by King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid to be sent to the Yemeni people, in Riyadh April 17, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal al-Nasser

Geneva – Abdullah al-Rabeeah, supervisor general of the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief (KSRelief), said that Saudi Arabia has shown great interest in supporting the humanitarian condition in Yemen through the center and that all Yemeni provinces were covered regardless ruled by whom.

“As much as we have been in the south, we have been in the north. Our programs are also active in Houthi-controlled areas such as Saada, Haja, Amran and Sanaa,” he said during a news conference in Geneva on Thursday. Rabeeah added that the kingdom also cares about the humanitarian condition in Syria, Iraq, Somalia and other devastated countries, showing that the center has granted 37 countries USD719 million worth aid.

He stressed the kingdom’s efforts to help the Yemeni people in all regions including these ruled by Houthis, revealing that the number of projects reached 124 in various fields.

When answering the journalists’ questions, he affirmed that Saudi Arabia hosts 895,175 refugees (603,833 Yemenis and 291,342 Syrians).

Regarding medical aid, he asserted that the Saudi-led coalition and the Yemeni legit government are playing a major role in facilitating the access of aid, ensuring the road’s safety and protecting humanitarian organizations staff.
However, armed militias are targeting the aid and robbing it.

Rabeeah noted that the humanitarian deterioration is the worst in Houthis-ruled regions because of their insistence to confiscate the aid and deprive the Yemeni people from their basic rights for the sake of achieving political gains.

He added that the Saudi-led coalition is acting in response of the Yemeni people wish via the resolutions of the national dialogue, UN and the Gulf Initiative.