Cairo, November 23, 2023, The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) has garnered appreciation from key international organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and the World Food Programme (WFP), for its significant support to UN relief efforts in Gaza.
Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO's Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts between WHO and KSrelief in championing humanitarian and health initiatives in the Gaza Strip. The acknowledgment came during a series of agreements signed by KSrelief with various humanitarian organizations and agencies at the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Cairo, attended by the Saudi Ambassador to Egypt, Osama bin Ahmed Nugali. The aim of these agreements is to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza.
Dr. Al-Mandhari underscored the severe crises facing the Eastern Mediterranean region due to conflicts, wars, and political instability, with a particular impact on healthcare infrastructure. He emphasized the ongoing Israeli aggression in Gaza, lasting for 47 days, as a significant test of global humanitarian values and the commitment of UN organizations to serving humanity.
Philippe Lazzarini, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, expressed gratitude towards KSrelief for its steadfast support in fulfilling the agency's duties during the critical situation in Gaza. Lazzarini described the situation as alarming, with 35,000 people seeking shelter in UNRWA centers after being displaced and losing safety and protection. He welcomed the humanitarian truce in Gaza and stressed its importance in alleviating the humanitarian suffering and enhancing relief efforts.
Corinne Fleischer, the WFP Regional Director for Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe, applauded KSrelief's support to various UN organizations in addressing the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza. She welcomed the announced truce in Gaza, emphasizing its need for implementation, especially amid the deteriorating food situation resulting from fuel and flour shortages that have led to the cessation of bakery operations.
Alfonso Verdú Pérez, Head of Delegation for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Egypt, stressed the importance of international collaboration to end the war in Gaza. Pérez highlighted the relentless efforts of regional and international organizations in addressing the humanitarian crisis in the strip. He further noted that 70% of health and humanitarian institutions and facilities have been destroyed by the conflict, underscoring the significance of funding UN organizations to assist the Palestinian people in Gaza.