Kingdom airlifts relief supplies, donates $50 million to China

May 21, 2008

Saudi Arabia has begun airlifting relief supplies into China’s Sichuan Province, which was struck by a deadly earthquake May 12. 

The airlift is in additional to $50 million in urgent assistance provided by Saudi Arabia to China on the directive of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

The first Saudi plane arrived in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, on May 20 carrying 70 tons of relief supplies, including foodstuffs, blankets, tents and rugs. Two additional planes arrived today with 123 tons of relief materials.

Saudi Ambassador to China Yahya Alzayd, who was at Chengdu Airport for the arrival of the first plane, highlighted Saudi Arabia’s commitment to providing humanitarian assistance to the victims of the devastating quake.