2005 News Story

Kingdom pledges aid for Palestinians

Interior Minister Prince Nayef signed an agreement today on behalf of Saudi Arabia pledging over SR 56 million [U.S. $15.2 million] to the Palestinian people for a number of educational programs under the supervision of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  The programs include covering the tuition fees of university and society college students and scholarships for 30 students outside Palestine.

Saudi Arabia has provided all kinds of support for the Palestinian people through more than 36 relief programs and humanitarian projects at a total cost of over SR 728 million [U.S. $194 million]. The projects include food and health programs, such as building hospitals, purchasing medicine and medical equipment, combating disease and treating the injured in Saudi hospitals, as well as the distribution of food baskets, blankets and clothes.  In addition, Saudi-sponsored housing programs include repairing 2,545 houses and building 600 residential units in the West Bank and Gaza.