Saudi king orders $26 million more in medical aid to Gaza

Saudi Arabia's king Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. (Reuters)

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz ordered on Friday 100 million riyals ($26.6 million) in medical aid to the Gaza Strip, the Saudi Health Ministry said.

Health Minister Adel Faqih said the aid would address the emergency needs of the growing number of injured civilians in the Israeli offensive, which has so far killed more than 800 Palestinians.

The move came a week after the king ordered 200 million riyals ($53.3 million) in humanitarian aid.

Those funds were directed to paying for medicine and medical equipment to treat “victims of the brutal Israeli aggression and bombing of the Gaza Strip,” said Finance Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf.

Iyad Madani, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, had appealed to member states and humanitarian organizations worldwide to extend all forms of support and relief to the Palestinian people, particularly urgent medical supplies to Gaza.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43