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A Djibouti port security official escorts a man who fled the Yemen conflict to a bus upon his arrival at Djibouti’s port in 2015. (AFP)

London – Saudi Ambassador to Djibouti Abdulaziz al-Daoud announced on Saturday that the Kingdom has presented over $250 million in aid to Yemen refugees in the African country since the beginning of Operation Decisive Storm.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat that the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center had since the beginning of the crisis launched convoys of aid to Yemeni refugees, who had fled their country to escape the oppression of the Houthi and Saleh militias.

A Yemeni refugee camp was set up in the Abakh region in northern Djibouti in cooperation with the local government.

The camp houses some 10,000 refugees, who have been provided with tents, food and water throughout the time they have spent there.

Various aid agencies are helping the displaced and the camp is under the supervision of the Djibouti government.

Daoud added that the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center set up in October 2015 medical clinics inside the camp and they receive around 1,000 patients a month.

The clinics perform some surgeries, which has helped stabilize the health of refugees in the camp, said the ambassador.

The center has offered food and medical aid throughout the past two years, he stressed.

In May 2016, the Center signed a contract for the establishment of 300 mobile residential units in the camp. A mosque and school were also constructed there. They will also be put to use even after the end of the Yemen crisis and the return of refugees to their homeland.

“The Djibouti government highly praises what Saudi Arabia, represented by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, is offering,” added Daoud.