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Saudi received 3m Syrians and Yemenis

Image of Yemeni refugees who left their homes in Saada and are living in makeshift tents in Saudi
Yemeni refugees who left their homes in Saada and are living in makeshift tents in Saudi

Saudi has received nearly three million Syrian and Yemeni citizens escaping wars in their countries, the country’s Ambassador to Egypt, Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Qattan, said.

The ambassador explained that the Kingdom allowed the Syrians to live and move freely as well as to access free health care and education systems.

According to the ambassador, there are more than 141,000 Syrian students studying in the kingdom.

“The kingdom has also supported millions of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries through international humanitarian assistance, either through financial support or in-kind support,” he said noting that this assistance reached more than $800 million.

The kingdom has also received nearly half a million Yemenis.

According to the ambassador, there are 285,000 Yemeni students enrolled in the kingdom’s free public education.

The total value of assistance provided by the kingdom to the Yemeni refugees in Djibouti and Somalia has reached more than $42 million while the kingdom offered $500 million to tackle the humanitarian needs of those in Yemen.

According to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report for 2016, Saudi Arabia came in first place globally in providing development aid.

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