Kingdom signs agreements worth $6 million with UNRWA

July 13, 2008

The Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People signed four agreements worth $6 million with the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Jeddah today. The Saudi Committee is headed by Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz.

The Saudi donation includes $5 million in cash and in-kind to assist with food aid, medicines, medical equipment and fuel for Gaza. The Kingdom is also donating medicines and medical supplies worth $1 million to UNRWA for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

“These generous donations from His Royal Highness Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz and the Saudi Committee are deeply appreciated, as they will help alleviate the suffering of Palestine refugees in Gaza,” UNRWA Commissioner-General Karen Koning AbuZayd said in a press release.

“The funds for fuel will be particularly helpful in enabling us to maintain food deliveries and health services and to promote environmental health through ensuring garbage collection.”

UNRWA is a humanitarian and human development agency that provides education, health care, social services, micro-credit and emergency relief to more than 4.5 million registered refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. In Gaza, UNRWA provides assistance to over a million people.