AFGHANISTAN

First two of 6 relief flights from Saudi Arabia arrive in Kabul

Two Saudi Arabian planes carrying humanitarian assistance arrived at Kabul International Airport on Thursday, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) confirmed.
According to the IEA, Saudi Arabia will send four more planeloads of aid in the next few days.
General Supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, said in a statement on Thursday that “this aid comes in implementation of the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Highness the Crown Prince – may God preserve them – to stand in addition to the brothers in Afghanistan, and as an extension of the interest that the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques attaches to humanitarian work and support the needy all over the world”.
According to the statement, the Saudi relief air bridge includes the operation of six relief flights, that will deliver aid to Afghanistan including food and shelter.
In addition, the center “secured foodstuffs weighing 1,920 tons, carried by 200 relief trucks, which will be launched via a land convoy from Pakistani territory and will be distributed to the most needy families in Afghanistan.”
Meanwhile, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with support from the State of Qatar, delivered Wednesday a shipment of desperately needed aid to Afghanistan, the first of several emergency airlifts to arrive in the coming days.
The essential relief items will help displaced and vulnerable families brace themselves against the harsh winter weather, as economic and humanitarian conditions in Afghanistan continue to deteriorate.
This first airlift to arrive in Kabul included 28 tons of solar lamps and thermal blankets to be distributed to displaced Afghans most in need, UNHCR said in a statement.
“It is part of an overall 91 tons of UNHCR winter items that Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) are supporting UNHCR’s winterization program with, by airlifting them from Doha to Kabul to support vulnerable Afghans,” the statement read.The post First two of 6 relief flights from Saudi Arabia arrive in Kabul first appeared on Ariana News.

Source: Ariana News

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