The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is host to over 600,000 Yemeni and over 290,000 Syrian refuges, which the Kingdom refers to as guests.
Speaking at a press conference in Ottawa, Canada, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah the Supervisor General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) added that they Yemeni and Syrians are granted free medical services, free movement, the right to seek work and allowed to enroll their children in public schools. Currently 114,000 Syrians and 285,000 Yemeni children are reenrolled in public schools in the Kingdom. Dr. Al-Rabeeah added that KSRelief is also supporting Yemeni refugees in Djibouti and Somalia.
Dr. Al-Rabeeah stressed that the Kingdom is providing humanitarian assistance all Yemenis through KSRelief’s 127 centers throughout the country, including areas under Houthis control, in collaboration with 81 international and local partners.
In addition to providing assistance to Syrian and Yemenis, KSRelief is also active in 37 countries. To date, KSRelief has provided over $700 million in humanitarian assistance globally, including Iraq and Somalia.
Dr. Al-Rabeeah expressed unease over the difficulty of delivering humanitarian aid through the Houthi-controlled Port of Hodeidah, which he accused confiscating and blocking of passage of aid. Dr. Al-Rabeeah added that little aid that the Houthis allow to pass is stolen. He accused the Houthis of using humanitarian aid as a political weapon againt the civilian population for political gains and urged humanitarian relief organizations to take advantage of other safe crossings to ensure delivery of aid, especially in areas controlled by the Houthis.