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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

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Saudi Arabia + 1 other
Saudi Arabia Contribution Saves Lives, Allows WFP To Rapidly Respond To Food Crisis In Iraq

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been able to scale up food assistance to hundreds of thousands of Iraqis displaced from their homes in recent weeks thanks to a generous contribution of US$148.9 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Iraq + 2 others
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supports WHO response to Iraq crisis [EN/AR]

18 August, 2014 | Erbil: Humanitarian health services in Iraq have received a much-needed boost through a $US 50 million grant provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to WHO for its response to health crises facing millions of people affected by the on-going conflict.

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Riyadh offers USD 1 mln more aid to West Bank

JEDDAH, Aug 17 (KUNA) -- Saudi Arabia will offer USD 1 million additional aid, including foodstuffs, to support humanitarian operations for Palestinians in the West Bank.

King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz agreed to offer the additional humanitarian aid in response to a proposal by the World Food Program that targets 81,000 Palestinians, said the official Saudi Press Agency on Sunday.

Kuwait News Agency:

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Iraq + 2 others
Iraq aid response 'inadequate' despite funding boost

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Security concerns due to advances by Islamist militants and logistical hold-ups have prevented much of the funding - including $500 million from Saudi Arabia - from reaching those most in need.

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Iraq + 1 other
Note to Correspondents / Noon Briefing Remarks on Iraq, by Kieran Dwyer, OCHA's Communications Chief (by phone from Erbil)

Unofficial transcript

Thank you for the opportunity to brief you today from Erbil in the Kurdistan region here in northern Iraq.

I would like today to put the spotlight on the deepening humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq right now and to update you a little bit on what the UN and the humanitarian community is doing right now to support the local authorities and communities to try and save lives.

I want to focus on three aspects of the current crisis.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Iraq + 1 other
UNFPA deploys support for women, girls amid mass flight from Iraq’s Sinjar

Medical and other assistance delivered in affected areas

UNITED NATIONS, New York – As the security situation in northern Iraq deteriorates, the humanitarian needs of women and youth are multiplying. Some 1.2 million people are believed to be internally displaced by the fighting between government forces and armed opposition groups, according to recent reporting by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. In addition, millions more are believed to be at risk, residing in conflict-affected areas with limited access to services.

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Nigeria + 4 others
Ebola sparks states of emergency across west Africa

08/08/2014 01:52 GMT

by Zoom Dosso

MONROVIA, August 8, 2014 (AFP) - States of emergency were in effect across overwhelmed west African nations Friday with the death toll from the Ebola epidemic nearing 1,000, as the World Health Organisation considered global travel restrictions to halt its spread.

Soldiers in Liberia's Grand Cape Mount province -- one of the worst-affected areas -- set up road blocks to limit travel to the capital Monrovia, where lawmakers gathered to ratify a 90-day state of emergency as bodies reportedly lay unburied in the city's streets.

Agence France-Presse:

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Nigeria + 4 others
New Nigeria Ebola cases amid fears epidemic 'out of control'

08/06/2014 23:01 GMT

by Ben SIMON, Rod Mac Johnson

LAGOSFREETOWN, August 6, 2014 (AFP) - The death toll of the Ebola epidemic neared 1,000 on Wednesday as fears rose that the disease is taking hold in Africa's most populous nation of Nigeria, after a second death among seven confirmed cases in Lagos.

The spread of the disease comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) met in an emergency session in Geneva to decide whether to declare an international crisis.

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Iraq + 1 other
IOM Iraq and Partners Ready to Scale-up Assistance to Displaced Iraqis

An estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes as a result of violence that has gripped the country since the beginning of the year. In July, the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced a US$500 million donation to help the United Nations and its humanitarian partners respond to the crisis. Of that, US$49 million has been allocated to IOM Iraq to help critical programs for displaced Iraqis. In particular, these funds will enable IOM to provide relief supplies and shelter to over 480,000 Iraqis, notes Vincent Houver, Head of Emergencies at IOM Geneva.

International Organization for Migration:

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Yemen + 10 others
Desert Locust Bulletin No. 430 (1 August 2014) [EN/FR]

General Situation during July 2014 Forecast until mid-September 2014

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King Abdullah issues directive to provide Palestinian Health Ministry with $26.7 million

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has issued a directed to provide the Palestinian Ministry of Health with SR 100 million ($26.7 million), Acting Minister of Health Adel Faqih said in statement today. Minister Faqih said the royal directive allocated this amount to meet the shortage of medicines and urgent medical supplies for the treatment of wounded and injured people in light of the brutal Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq: $500 million to respond to massive humanitarian crisis

A surge in violence between Government forces and armed groups has displaced an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis since January 2014. Violence has been most intense in Anbar Governorate in north-western Iraq, where approximately 550,000 people have been displaced by fighting centred on Fallujah and Ramadi.

In June armed groups took control of Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul and a string of other cities, leading to the displacement of over 650,000 people, many of whom fled with few or no resources.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Jordan + 2 others
Saudi clinics treat 2,158 Syrians in Al-Zaatari camp in Jordan

A number of specialized Saudi clinics located in the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan have intensified their efforts to provide medical care for Syrian patients, as directed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. The Regional Director of the Saudi Campaign to Support the Brothers in Syria, Dr. Badr bin Abdulrahman Al-Samhan, said that the Saudi clinics have finished their 80th week of service at the Al-Zaatari camp by providing medical treatment to 2,185 Syrian patients.

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Saudi Arabia donates 200 million Saudi riyals to affected by the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip through the PRCS

(Al Bireh – 15/7/2014): The PRCS president, Dr. Younis Al Khatib, extends his appreciation and thanks to the kingdom of the Saudi Arabia represented by its king, government and people for their generous donation to the affected Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli attacks.

Dr. Al Khatib added that the king and people of Saudi Arabia have been always supporting the Palestinians over the years particularly during Israeli attacks on the Palestinian people.

Palestine Red Crescent Society:

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Lebanon + 3 others
Saudi Campaign for Syria continues provision of food and relief aid

The Saudi National Campaign to Support the Syrian Brothers has continued providing food and relief aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and neighboring countries, under the direct supervision of Minister of Interior Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, the General Supervisor of the Campaign. The most recent assistance included the distribution of Iftar (fast-breaking) meals, in addition to dates and other types of food. The number of people helped by this project has reached 10,000, in addition to those who benefitted from the Kingdom’s distribution of 7.5 tons of dates.

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Pakistan + 1 other
Saudi Arabia donates more than 10 million polio vaccines to Pakistan

The Saudi Embassy in Islamabad delivered more than 10 million polio vaccines to Pakistani authorities today, as a gift from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to help the country’s anti-polio program. The ceremony was attended by Saudi Charge d’Affaires to Pakistan Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Khalidi and the Director of Pakistan’s National Vaccination Program, Dr. Ijaz Ahmed Khan. In a statement, Al-Khalidi said that the gift was donated to the Pakistani people under the royal directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

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Lebanon + 2 others
Saudi Arabia initiates medical, educational programs for displaced Syrians in Lebanon

Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior and General Supervisor of Saudi National Campaign to Support the Brothers in Syria has approved the implementation of a number of urgent projects for displaced Syrians in Lebanon. The projects include the establishment of a six month vocational project, in collaboration with Ibda'a Charitable Association in Lebanon; equipping a medical center run by the campaign to meet the medical needs of the displaced; providing daily bread for 2,000 Syrian families for six months; and covering the cost of 1,000 child births.

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Mali + 1 other
750 Iftar food baskets distributed in Mali

Since the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), an affiliate of the Muslim World League, has begun implementation of its Iftar Project in Mali. On the first day of the initiative, 750 poor families were provided with 750 food baskets in four different areas located in the suburbs of the city of Bamako. The food baskets contained large quantities of rice, sugar, tea, oil and other supplies.