Saudi Arabia donates $5 million to Gaza through UNRWA

June 19, 2012

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Campaign for the Relief of the Palestinian People in Gaza has donated $5 million to secure basic food needs for refugees in Gaza in cooperation with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). An agreement to that effect was signed in Amman today between UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi and the Executive Director of the Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People, Mubarak Al-Bakr, in the margins of the UNRWA Advisory Commission meeting at the Dead Sea, Jordan.

In a statement, Commissioner-General Grandi expressed warm thanks to Saudi Arabia for this contribution and said: "HRH Prince Nayef Bin Abdulaziz – God rest his soul - was the Supervisor General of the Saudi Committee, which administers the Custodian’s Campaign. He was a remarkable supporter of Palestine refugees and of UNRWA. In recognition of His Royal Highness’ outstanding humanitarian endeavours, the Agency would be honoured to name this fund The Prince Nayef Fund for Feeding the Poorest in Gaza. The Agency is deeply grateful for this new fund and for all the other generous support provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The continued access restrictions in Gaza have meant that 800,000 people are dependent on our food programmes. As long as this situation continues, UNRWA will be forced to continue to seek donations such as this generous contribution from Saudi Arabia.”