KSrelief Supports WHO in Gaza

Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre and the World Health Organization (KSRelief)
Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre and the World Health Organization (KSRelief)
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KSrelief Supports WHO in Gaza

Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre and the World Health Organization (KSRelief)
Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre and the World Health Organization (KSRelief)

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) signed a $10 million agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide more than one million people in Gaza with access to emergency life-saving health services and logistic support.
The agreement was signed via video conference by KSrelief's Assistant General Supervisor for Operations and Programs, Ahmed al-Baiz, and WHO's Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Hanan Balkhi.
The agreement will address the acute shortage of essential medical supplies, medicines, and fuel to support the resilience and work of health facilities in the Gaza Strip and provide medications and basic medical supplies for 40 medical facilities there.
Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen and supplement the capabilities of health facilities in the Gaza Strip, provide emergency health response, and reduce the number of critical cases and fatalities due to lacking health services, which benefits 456,000 individuals.
The program comes within the framework of the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through its humanitarian arm, KSrelief, to stand with the brotherly Palestinian people amid their suffering, and distress.
Meanwhile, Egypt reiterated the necessity of a ceasefire in Gaza and allowing aid entry.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry affirmed Tuesday his country's firm commitment to sustain the implementation of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip despite the obstacles imposed by the Israeli side.
Shoukry received the UN Senior Humanitarian and Reconstruction Coordinator for Gaza Sigrid Kaag.
It is Kaag's first visit to the region after being assigned as the Coordinator under Security Council Resolution 2720. It aims to facilitate, coordinate, and monitor the process of allowing humanitarian aid into the Strip.
Earlier, Cairo established an international mechanism to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza to deal with the tragic humanitarian conditions.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said the discussions between Shoukry and the UN officials addressed the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and assessments related to the deteriorating service work.
The UN Coordinator briefed the FM on her vision to implement the tasks assigned to her and the priorities during the next stage.
The spokesman added that the two sides stressed the inevitability of increasing the flow of humanitarian aid to adequately meet the urgent needs of Palestinians in the Strip, the work of service facilities, hospitals, and relief agencies.
Shoukry referred to Egypt's support in providing facilities, allowing the UN official to perform her duties and ensure the execution of Security Council resolutions, including implementing the UN mechanism to send aid convoys to the enclave.
He asserted that Israel needs to allow and facilitate the work of the Coordinator, reiterating that Security Resolution 2720 realizes that the Security Council members and the international community are aware of the challenges facing aid entry into Gaza.
Israel must facilitate aid delivery and entry into Gaza to end the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the Strip, said the Minister.
According to the spokesman, Shoukry asserted the need for the Security Council to assume responsibility for implementing the resolution, including facilitating the use of all available paths to and within the Gaza Strip.
He stressed that achieving a ceasefire remains the best way to end the humanitarian tragedy in the Strip.
For her part, the UN official appreciated Egypt's efforts to provide and deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.
She also referred to the diplomatic efforts to push for a Security Council resolution and facilitate the use of Rafah crossing to bring aid and vital supplies to Gaza residents.
An Egyptian security source said earlier that hundreds of trucks carrying aid remain in al-Arish and in front of the crossing due to Israel's obstruction and inspection procedures at the Kerem Shalom and al-Awja crossings.
The source added, according to the Arab World News Agency, that the Rafah crossing remains open and has not been closed at all from the Egyptian side.
Egypt had previously denied Israeli allegations before the International Court of Justice in Cairo, holding it responsible for the lack of sufficient aid entering the Gaza Strip.
According to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, the UN official is scheduled to visit al-Arish Airport and the Rafah crossing as part of coordination efforts with the track to launch the international mechanism concerned with accelerating the aid entry into the Gaza Strip.
Egypt is intensifying its efforts to deliver aid to the Gaza Strip and receive injured Palestinians.
A few days earlier, Cairo confirmed that its hospitals received more than 1,000 injured Palestinians from the Rafah border crossing since last October.
The Palestinian Red Crescent announced Tuesday that it had received 40 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid from the Egyptian Red Crescent through the Rafah border crossing. The trucks contain food, water, relief items, and medical supplies.
Informed sources in North Sinai said that the Rafah crossing received Tuesday 50 injured Palestinians from Gaza for treatment in Egyptian hospitals and 95 foreigners and dual nationals.

 

 

 

 



Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates Shehbaz Sharif on Taking Constitutional Oath as PM of Pakistan

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates Shehbaz Sharif on Taking Constitutional Oath as PM of Pakistan

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, sent on Monday a cable of congratulations to Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on taking the constitutional oath.

The Crown Prince wished Sharif success and the people of Pakistan steady progress and prosperity.


Saudi FM Meets with President of France-Gulf States Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah meets with Vice-President of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces Committee and the President of the France-Gulf States Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group of the French Senate Olivier Cadic in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah meets with Vice-President of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces Committee and the President of the France-Gulf States Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group of the French Senate Olivier Cadic in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
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Saudi FM Meets with President of France-Gulf States Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah meets with Vice-President of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces Committee and the President of the France-Gulf States Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group of the French Senate Olivier Cadic in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah meets with Vice-President of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces Committee and the President of the France-Gulf States Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group of the French Senate Olivier Cadic in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah held talks in Riyadh on Monday with Vice-President of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces Committee and the President of the France-Gulf States Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group of the French Senate Olivier Cadic.

The officials reviewed the relations and cooperation between Saudi Arabia and France in various fields.

They also discussed international developments and efforts exerted towards them.


Saudi, South Korean Interior Ministers Discuss Boosting Security Cooperation

Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz receives South Korean Minister of Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz receives South Korean Minister of Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
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Saudi, South Korean Interior Ministers Discuss Boosting Security Cooperation

Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz receives South Korean Minister of Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz receives South Korean Minister of Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)

Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz received South Korean Minister of Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min in Riyadh on Monday.

The officials discussed ways to boost existing security cooperation between their ministries.

They also tackled a number of issues of common interest.


GCC Ministerial Council Demands Int’l Protection for Palestinian People

The GCC foreign ministers meet in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)
The GCC foreign ministers meet in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)
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GCC Ministerial Council Demands Int’l Protection for Palestinian People

The GCC foreign ministers meet in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)
The GCC foreign ministers meet in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)

The foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) demanded on Sunday an immediate ceasefire and end to Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip.

Speaking at the 159th GCC Ministerial Council in Riyadh on Sunday, the FMs also called for ensuring the delivery of aid to the Palestinian people, calling for providing international protection for them.

The closing statement of the meeting urged the international community to take a decisive stance to implement a ceasefire and protect civilians.

The necessary measures must be taken in line with international law to counter the Israeli government’s practices and collective punishment against the people of Gaza.

The ministers hailed efforts exerted by several countries and organizations to stop the Israeli assault, while expressing their disappointment with the veto of the ceasefire draft proposal that was submitted at the United Nations Security Council. The draft was submitted by Algeria on behalf of Arab countries.

The FMs rejected any Israeli justifications to continue the attack on Gaza, condemning the ongoing targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure, such as camps and hospitals.

Moreover, they underscored their support for the Palestinian people in remaining on their land, rejecting Israeli measures aimed at the forced displacement of the residents of Gaza.

The statement praised the outcomes of the consultative meeting hosted by Saudi Arabia in February to discuss the war on Gaza.

It also expressed support for Qatar and Egypt’s efforts to reach a humanitarian ceasefire in the enclave.

It hoped these efforts would succeed so that the siege could be lifted off Gaza. Furthermore, it urged the international community to assume its responsibility towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict without double standards.

The FMs praised South Africa for filing a genocide complaint against Israel before the International Court of Justice, welcoming the preliminary ruling that held Israeli legally responsible before the international community for its violations against innocent civilians.

They condemned the statements made by extremist Israeli ministers about the forced displacement of the Palestinian people from Gaza and their support for the re-occupation of the enclave.

They reiterated that the Palestinian cause and ending the Israeli occupation remain at the heart of Arab affairs. They renewed the GCC’s support for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital.


Saudi FM Takes Part in GCC Ministerial Meetings Related to Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Japan

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah takes part in the GCC and Egypt ministerial meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah takes part in the GCC and Egypt ministerial meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi FM Takes Part in GCC Ministerial Meetings Related to Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Japan

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah takes part in the GCC and Egypt ministerial meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah takes part in the GCC and Egypt ministerial meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah participated on Sunday in the joint Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and Egypt ministerial meeting, held at the GCC General Secretariat in Riyadh.

The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, president of the current session of the Ministerial Council, reviewed the strong cooperation between the GCC and Egypt, and ways to enhance and develop them.

Participants discussed the serious developments in Gaza Strip and the city of Rafah, the Israeli military escalation against unarmed civilians, and the importance of an immediate ceasefire to ensure the return of security and stability to Gaza Strip.

They tackled joint action to create conditions to arrive at a comprehensive and just peace in a way that preserves the rights of the Palestinian people and establishes a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The GCC also held similar separate ministerial meetings related to Jordan, Morocco and Japan.


Saudi King, Crown Prince Congratulate Bulgarian President on National Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (AAWSAT)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (AAWSAT)
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Saudi King, Crown Prince Congratulate Bulgarian President on National Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (AAWSAT)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (AAWSAT)

The Saudi leadership sent cables of congratulations to Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on the occasion of his country’s National Day, SPA said on Sunday.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud sent a cable wishing Radev continued good health and happiness, and the government and people of Bulgaria steady progress and prosperity.
Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, congratulated Radev on the occasion sending well-wishes to him, to the government and people of Bulgaria.


Kuwait to Hold Parliamentary Elections on April 4

 Kuwaiti military helicopters perform during an airshow to mark country's 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Kuwait City on February 26, 2024. (AFP)
Kuwaiti military helicopters perform during an airshow to mark country's 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Kuwait City on February 26, 2024. (AFP)
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Kuwait to Hold Parliamentary Elections on April 4

 Kuwaiti military helicopters perform during an airshow to mark country's 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Kuwait City on February 26, 2024. (AFP)
Kuwaiti military helicopters perform during an airshow to mark country's 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Kuwait City on February 26, 2024. (AFP)

Kuwait said Saturday it will hold elections for its national assembly on April 4.

The state-run KUNA news agency made the announcement, citing a decree published by the oil-rich country's official gazette.

In February, Kuwait’s emir dissolved parliament.

Domestic political disputes have been gripping Kuwait for years. That has left it with little in its coffers to pay bloated public sector salaries, despite generating immense wealth from its oil reserves.

Parliament has been repeatedly dissolved after failing to move forward, with Kuwait’s Constitutional Court in 2023 annulling a 2022 decree overturning another such annulment. The country’s late emir then annulled that parliament again and held an election for a new parliament, which was annulled with the February decision.


Kuwait Bans Unauthorized Gatherings

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Kuwait flag
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Kuwait Bans Unauthorized Gatherings

Kuwait flag
Kuwait flag

Kuwait's Interior Ministry said it banned all "unauthorized assembly" after calls voiced by Kuwaiti activists to stage sit-ins on Saturday in support of Gaza.
The Ministry said the decision came upon the directives of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Acting Minister of Interior Fahd al-Yousef al-Sabah.
The Minister banned all forms of unauthorized gatherings and marches except in accordance with the established laws and regulations.
The Ministry also banned publishing any unauthorized calls for gatherings on social media platforms.
On the other hand, al-Sabah announced a study of plans that will be taken soon to combat and prosecute fake accounts on social media that spread fake news threatening the country’s security .


GCC Secretary-General Welcomes Statement of Palestinian Factions

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi
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GCC Secretary-General Welcomes Statement of Palestinian Factions

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi welcomed the statement issued by the Palestinian factions that met in Moscow.

"The meeting statement outcome is a positive start to beginning unified political action, conform with the aspiration of the Palestinian forces and factions participating in the meeting, to form a government that includes all segments of the Palestinian people ... in light of the critical circumstances," Albudaiwi said.

He stressed that the GCC countries support all results and solutions that serve the Palestinian cause and guarantee the national rights of the Palestinian people.


Kuwait Top Court Criminalizes Lebanon’s Hezbollah

Palace of Justice in Kuwait (KUNA)
Palace of Justice in Kuwait (KUNA)
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Kuwait Top Court Criminalizes Lebanon’s Hezbollah

Palace of Justice in Kuwait (KUNA)
Palace of Justice in Kuwait (KUNA)

Kuwait’s Court of Cassation has labeled Lebanon’s Hezbollah as a “forbidden and criminal group” under national law.

The court accused Hezbollah of planning to destabilize Kuwait to establish an Iranian-style republic there.

This decision clarifies the legal status of Hezbollah, which individuals accused of spying for the group had disputed.

The final decision of the Court of Cassation came in the context of convicting three Kuwaiti citizens of espionage for Hezbollah, overturning their acquittal.

However, the court opted not to pronounce a punishment, instead obligating them to “good conduct,” a legal term indicating they must refrain from involvement in similar cases.

Nevertheless, the court clarified that joining Hezbollah and cooperating with it constitutes a “crime punishable by law.”

The case, involving the three Kuwaitis and a Lebanese national, revolves around accusations brought forth by the State Security apparatus regarding their involvement in funding Hezbollah-affiliated entities, sending funds and donations to them.

The case was initially heard in the Court of Appeals late in 2023, where three defendants were acquitted.

However, following appeals against the appellate court’s verdict, the case was reheard by the Court of Cassation, which on Thursday issued a final ruling overturning the acquittal of the Lebanese and Kuwaitis, convicting them again.