Time: 30 April, 2020
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (30 April 2020) – KSrelief signed today a financial
contribution memorandum to procurement of medical supplies and equipment for
supporting UNRWA to counter the emerging Coronavirus “COVID-19 in the Gaza
Strip region, Palestine. The project will support two million people by providing
medical equipment, medicines and preventative pharmaceuticals to combat
COVID-19 in Palestine.
Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid
and Relief Centre (KSrelief) stated, “The agreement represents a long-lasting
historical relationship between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by
KSrelief, and the UNRWA to support Palestinian refugees. This partnership has
resulted in many great projects. The commitment of UNRWA is something we
count on in this critical time and we hope this agreement will support UNRWA to
be able to help poor people in Gaza in facing this prename. Thank you very
much and we hope to see more cooperation and projects in the near future.”
Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and
Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said, “Thank
you for your strong support to UNRWA. This contribution came is very timely.
This is definitely an indication on how important and committed you are in
supporting the efforts of UNRWA to provide critical services to the Palestinian
refugees. I would like to acknowledge the resource support by Saudi Arabia,
through KSrelief, to UNRWA, especially last year’s support that played a critical
role in securing funding for our projects which as you know is very fundamental
to ensure the continuation of all these critical services. Without it we certainly
wouldn’t have been able to be at forefront of the response for the COVID-19.
Thank you very much again for this support it is highly needed in Gaza stripe
where we have one the weakest and poorest health systems in the region.”
The signing ceremony was via a video call between Dr. Al Rabeeah, Supervisor
General of KSrelief and Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General UNRWA.
It is the second agreement, where a similar agreement was recently signed in
Riyadh to also support the health sector in Gaza. Saudi Arabia provided a total of
USD 6,473,586,361 in support to Palestine, USD 250 million was allocated for
The agreement will support the health sector in Gaza stripe with important items
including medical equipment and supplies of ventilation, patient monitoring
system, syringe pumps, oxygen meters, transport stretcher trolleys, blankets,
personal protective equipment (N95 masks, surgery masks, isolation gowns,
disposable head and foot covers), medicines of antivirals and antibiotics,
sterilizers, medicines for chronic diseases, clinical detection supplies, and
oxygen cylinders. The support, which are highly needed in this critical time, will
contribute to reducing the spread of a serious pandemic in the Gaza Strip and
meeting the urgent needs of the medical teams working there.