Last Updated: Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:38 am (KSA) 08:38 am (GMT)

Saudi Arabia’s telethon for support of Syrian people exceeds SR121 million

A Saudi girl (R) donates money to the people of Syria, in Riyadh. (Reuters)
A Saudi girl (R) donates money to the people of Syria, in Riyadh. (Reuters)

The donation campaign launched by Saudi Arabia for the support of the Syrian people continued on Tuesday to reach 121,771,811 Saudi riyals ($32.5 million).

Held under the title ‘Saudi National Campaign for the Support of Brothers in Syria,’ the campaign was kicked off on Monday night by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz with a donation of 20 million Saudi riyals.

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz followed the Saudi monarch by a donation of 10 million Saudi riyals.

King Abdullah had earlier said that donations will be from all the Kingdom’s regions and that all Saudis should participate in the campaign.

Saudi boys wearing outfits made in the design of the Syrian opposition flag, wait to donate money to the people of Syria, in Riyadh. (Reuters)

In view of the massive response, the national campaign has been extended for five days, announced Prince Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Interior and Supervisor of the campaign, according to the Saudi Gazette. It will close on Friday.

An accredited account has been opened at National Commercial Bank (Al-Ahli, NCB) for this purpose. Donations from within the Kingdom can be sent to account number 20188888000100 and donations from outside the Kingdom should be sent to account number SA2310000020188888000100.

Donations can also be made through tele banking at Al-Ahli (NCB) toll free number 920001000.

Other non-financial contributions could also be accepted at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium in Riyadh and other places to be specified by regional authorities, the Saudi Gazette reported.

On Monday, the Arab League at a meeting in the Qatari capital, Doha, agreed to offer $100 million in aid to Syrian refugees.

As tens of thousands of Syrians flee escalating war and chaos, the EU on Monday mulled ways of boosting humanitarian aid while beefing up sanctions and tightening an arms embargo against the regime.

Joining talks with their European Union counterparts, the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Sweden called for more help for Syrians who had fled to safety in neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.

Meanwhile, Brussels announced it was increasing by 20 million euros ($24 million) its emergency aid to Syrian refugees to a total of 63 million euros.

16 months of violence in Syria has claimed more than 18,000 lives so far, according to Syrian activists.

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