Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 July 2019

Saudi Arabia offers aid to Rohingya refugees within hours

Offer comes after Aung San Suu Kyi said she did not fear outside scrutiny of her country after a crackdown that the UN described as ethnic cleansing

Rohingya Muslims line up and wait to collect food aid near Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Rohingya Muslims line up and wait to collect food aid near Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

Saudi Arabia said it would deploy a humanitarian relief team to Bangladesh “within hours” to help Rohingya Muslim refugees there urgently in need of aid.

Abdullah Al Rabeeah, adviser at the Royal Court and general supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Work, said that King Salman has allocated US$15 million to ease the suffering of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar amid a military crackdown.

“A specialised team from the centre will be heading to Bangladesh within the coming few hours to make an assessment of the condition of Rohingya refugees there and to find out what are the essential requirements that are to be made available to them urgently, as well as to extend assistance in terms of relief, humanitarian help and shelter," he said, according to Saudi Press Agency.


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The announcement came after Mr Al Rabeeah met with members of the National Council on US- Arab Relations and the Committee on cooperation between US Partnerships and GCC Countries at the US House of Representatives in Washington.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday condemned all human rights violations in her first public address since the Rohingya refugee crisis began, but said her country did not fear international scrutiny.

Anyone responsible for abuses in troubled Rakhine State would face the law, she said, adding that she felt deeply for the suffering of everyone caught up in conflict there.

It was the de facto Myanmar leader's first address to the nation since attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on August 25 sparked a military response that has forced more than 410,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh.

The United Nations has branded the military operation in the western Myanmar state ethnic cleansing. Aung San Suu Kyi did not address accusations of ethnic cleansing but said her government condemned rights violations and was committed to a return to peace.

Updated: September 20, 2017 03:09 AM