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Saudi Arabia promises $500 million for Gaza rebuilding

Source: Reuters - Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:02 GMT
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By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million to help rebuild Gaza, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah said on Thursday, with the full cost of post-war reconstruction expected to be around $4 billion over three years.

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Gulf countries: growing aid powers

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DUBAI, 17 September 2014 (IRIN) - Gulf countries are ramping up their overseas aid spending by providing hundreds of millions of dollars to emergencies both in the Middle East and further afield while at the same time broadening multilateral engagement and joining global debates on aid effectiveness.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Following Saudi Arabia’s assistance, another 1860 displaced families received the donations on Sept. 6, 2014

These donation packages which also include wheat, rice, cooking oil, tea, gas balloon, and other items needed for a family, were distributed to the most vulnerable families after conducting a careful survey.

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Yemen: Humanitarian Snapshot (August 2014)

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The humanitarian crisis in Yemen continues to be characterised by conflict, political instability, extreme poverty, lack of basic services, weak rule of law, and impact of natural disasters. Consequently, an estimated 14.7 million people need some form of humanitarian aid. About 10.1 million live in governorates with high food insecurity and malnutrition. Humanitarian partners have scaled-up the response, but funding and access remain key challenges.

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos Statement to the media, Sunday 14 September 2014

The restoration of salary payments, dispatching of medical supplies through the central system and resumption of the Public Distribution System for food will cover a significant part of the needs.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Saudi Arabia aid distributed among 1800 families in Helmand

The assistance provided by Saudi Arabia has been distributed among more than 1800 displaced families in Helmand province.

In a statement released by the ministry for refugees and repatriation affairs yesterday said that the assistance includes seven food and non food items had been distributed among those people who had left their houses due to conflicts between militants and security forces in coordination between the ministry of refugees and repatriation and the Saudi Arabian Embassy to Kabul.

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Iraq: Saudi Arabia grant to Iraq crisis (as of 9 Sep 2014)

A surge violence between government forces and armed groups have displaced more than 1.8 million people since January 2014 in Iraq. On 30 June, the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) announced a grant of US$500 million to the United Nations to provide humanitarian assistance to Iraqi people from July 2014 to March 2015. This is the largest single grant to the UN for humanitarian operations.

By 9 September, $500 million has been disbursed and over 60% of it has been allocated. Programmes are now being implemented all across Iraq.

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Saudi Arabia + 1 other
King Abdullah to host 1,000 Palestinians Hajj pilgrims

September 8, 2014

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz will host 1,000 Palestinians of families of those killed by Israelis to perform Hajj at his own expense this year. The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al-AsShaikh has expressed his appreciation to King Abdullah for his keenness that Palestinians perform the rituals of Islam. Sheikh Al-AsShaikh noted that that with this royal order, King Abdullah would have hosted 12,000 Palestinians of families of martyrs and prisoners.

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Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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Iraq + 1 other
Saudi funding to provide homes to 1,000 displaced families in Iraq

Erbil, 4 September 2014: Funding from Saudi Arabia to the UN will allow UN-Habitat to provide shelter options for internally displaced people, commonly referred to as IDPs, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

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Yemen + 4 others
Yemen Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 30 | 11 August – 3 September 2014

The interruption of mine action activities is a serious concern since a large number of displaced people are unable to return home because of mines and unexploded ordnance.

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Yemen: Humanitarian Snapshot - Population Movements (August 2014)

Population movement is a major contributor to the crisis in Yemen, as people on the move often face greater difficulties in meeting their basic needs. Migrants, IDPs and refugees are also exposed to gross violations of their human rights. Several waves of conflict, insecurity and lack of access have made it extremely difficult to accurately estimate new displacements and needs.

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Saudi Arabia helps FAO respond to the dire state of food security in Iraq

FAO receives a $14.7 million grant to support rural households

4 September 2014, Bagdad/Rome - FAO is scaling-up critical food and agriculture assistance to highly vulnerable rural households in Iraq thanks to a generous $14.7 million grant from Saudi Arabia. The donation is part of a $500 million grant that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has provided to support Iraqis affected by the recent crisis.

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Health centers provide medical assistance to displaced Syrians in Jordan (September 1, 2014 )

Within programs of the Saudi National Campaign to Support Syrian Brothers, the Saudi specialized ‎health centers continue to provide medical services to displaced Syrians in Zaatari Camp in Jordan. Doctors at the clinics said Sunday they have treated more than 2,360 patients last week. There are currently 13 ‎specialized health centers operating in the camp and are part of the Kingdom’s national campaign at ‎supporting the Syrian refugees and to provide health care to the camp residents.

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ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.74 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 692 million, followed by Palestine with US$ 271 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 40.1% funded with a 59.9% shortfall. Iraq SRP was over funded by 81.2%.

The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.02 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.41 billion (40%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 3.61 billion (60%).

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Saudi Medical Aid to PRCS Continues to Flow In As Part of a Grant from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

Al-Bireh- 1/9/2014 : The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia dispatched today a consignment of medical aid to be distributed to Gaza Strip hospitals through the PRCS. The 67 tons of aid aim at covering the severe shortage in medicine and medical supplies faced by the Palestinian medical sector in the aftermath of the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip. The consignment included 2275 parcels containing medicine and medical supplies.

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Lebanon + 2 others
Saudi national campaign continues distribution of food packages to Syrians in Lebanon

The Saudi National Campaign to Support Syrian Brothers started today distributing food packages to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Director of the campaign's office in Lebanon, Walid Al-Jalal, said in a statement today that 700 out of 13,800 food packages were distributed today to 700 Syrian families in the Baalbek region, and that the remaining packages will be distributed to Syrian refugees in all Lebanese regions.

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Jordan + 2 others
Saudi clinics provide health services to Syrian refugees

Within programs of the Saudi National Campaign to Support Syrian Brothers, Saudi specialized clinics continue to provide medical services to Syrian displaced persons in the Zaatari Camp in Jordan. Doctors at the clinics said they have treated more than 2,300 last week. There are currently 13 specialized health centers operating in the camp and are part of the Kingdom’s national campaign at supporting the Syrian refugees and to provide health care to the camp residents.

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Somalia + 4 others
In the Horn of Africa, Saudi's Mass Deportations Have Devastating Impact

In November of 2013, the government of Saudi Arabia began expelling large numbers of foreign nationals, including some 550,000 Yemenis, 180,000 Ethiopians, and 36,000 Somalis. While there has been little international attention or condemnation of these deportations, the returning individuals and their countries of origin have suffered many logistical, economic, and social ramifications due to this decision.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Saudi Arabia 19-August-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Phasing out of wheat production continues

  • Cereal import requirements forecast at high levels in 2014/15