Saudi King Salman orders $15 million aid for Rohingya refugees

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia King Salman has ordered the payment of $15 million aid for the Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar as a result of genocide and torture.

Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, adviser at the Royal Court and general supervisor of the Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid, 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,” Al-Rabiah said, according to Saudi Press Agency.

Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah

Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah speaks during the Press Conference in Washington (SPA)

The announcement came in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) after Mr. Al-Rabiah 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.

Rohingya Muslims have lived in Myanmar for generations, but have recently been forced to flee as they are attacked in their homes, following a succession of attacks carried out by Muslim insurgents in August.


Security forces and allied mobs carried out retaliation attacks, burning down the homes of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, forcing 417,000 people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.

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.

It was the de facto Myanmar leader’s first address to the nation since Rohingya crisi that has forced more than 410,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh.