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Donations to Saudi fundraising campaign for Syrians now at SR182 million

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RASHID HASSAN
Thu, 2016-12-29
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RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), which is coordinating with relevant authorities to provide humanitarian assistance to displaced Syrian people, has opened special bank accounts for fundraising from citizens and expatriates.
Saudi Arabia launched Tuesday a nationwide fundraising drive to help the displaced Syrians.
An official from the center told Arab News: “In order to implement the directive of the king, KSrelief in coordination with other relevant authorities launched a popular campaign in support of Syrian refugees by opening special accounts in three banks — the National Commercial Bank (NCB), Al Rajhi Bank and Banque Saudi Fransi.
Donors can either directly visit the bank or donate online through these special accounts — SA9510000022185556000107 at the NCB, SA5655000000099088000757 at Banque Saudi Fransi and SA362608015888888 at Al Rajhi Bank — with KSrelief as the beneficiary.
He said that one can take the address of the bank where to deposit the amount as per one’s convenience or make digital donations through SMS and online banking.
The donation is being processed via text messages by all telecom companies through the unified number (5565) by sending No (1) to donate SR10, No (2) for SR 20 or No (3) for SR 30 and likewise, the official added.
There is no need to have an account in the same bank. The donors holding accounts in other banks too can deposit their donations in these special accounts and the money will go to the KSrelief to help distressed Syrians.
The center has set up the toll free number 920008554 for inquiries.
The instruction from King Salman to organize the popular fundraising campaign across the Kingdom continued to get an overwhelming response on Wednesday receiving donations via Saudi TV channel 1, where the total cash donations to the popular campaign has reached SR182 MILLION.
Meanwhile, the Saudi National Campaign (SNC), which works for distressed Syrians, has started dispatching relief convoys to help those displaced from Aleppo facing extreme winter conditions. The convoy consisted of 10 trucks containing 47,000 jackets, 30,000 sweaters, 15,000 shawls for women and 9,000 blankets.
Badr bin Abdulrahman Al-Samhan, the regional director of the SNC, said that work is underway for the distribution of aid inside Syria during the winter by sending 400,000 jackets, 176,000 blankets, 188,000 blankets for babies, 288,000 winter suits, 144,000 pullovers and 172,000 shawls for women.
Moreover, support for the fundraising drive continued with the General Secretariat of the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross expressing its sincere thanks and appreciation to King Salman for his instruction to organize the popular campaign, his directive to allocate SR100 million for this campaign and KSrelief to coordinate with the concerned authorities to provide relief materials, foodstuffs, medicine, shelter, and receiving and treating the injured, establishing and equipping refugee camps and providing comprehensive winter aid urgently.

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Obama To Announce “Retaliation” Measures Against Russia As Early As Tomorrow

With Obama vacating the White House in just over three weeks, the outgoing president is seemingly eager to make relations between the US and Russia as untenable as possible in his last days on the job (or as the Russian foreign ministry put it, “after him the deluge” comparing Obama to a certain French monarch) and ignoring today’s warning that Russia would immediately respond to any sanctions by the White House, Obama is expected to announce a series of “retaliatory” measure against Russia for “meddling in the US election” as soon as Thursday, CNN reports .

As we detailed previously, the delay in sanctions against Russia had resulted from Obama’s inability to take unilateral actions under current laws.  While Obama previously signed an executive order that would allow him to freeze the US assets of people overseas who have engaged in cyber acts, it only applies to actions that have threatened U.S. national security or financial stability.  Further, per a “senior administration official,” use of the existing law would require (1) actual election infrastructure to be designated as ‘critical infrastructure’ and (2) the administration to prove that such infrastructure was actually “harmed,” conditions which the National Security Council say have not been met. 

Additionally, earlier reports of Obama sanctions resulting in a warning by the Russian Foreign Ministry which on Wednesday said that any action by the US would lead to a prompt Russian retaliation.

Frankly, we are tired of the lies about the “Russian hackers”, which continues to flow into the United States from the very top. The Obama administration has launched six months ago, this misinformation in an attempt to play up the desired for himself a candidate in the November presidential election, and not achieving the desired, looking for an excuse for their own failure, and with a vengeance is played on Russian-American relations.

 

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It only remains to add that if Washington really takes new hostile steps, it will get the answer. This also applies to any action against Russian diplomatic missions in the United States, which immediately ricocheted on US diplomats in Russia. Perhaps the Obama administration is quite indifferent to what will happen to the bilateral relations, but the story is unlikely to forgive her behavior on the principle of “after us the deluge.”

Fast forward just a few hours when CNN reported that the “Obama administration is preparing to announce, as soon as Thursday, a series of retaliation measures against Russia for meddling in the US election” even though the US has yet to demonstrate any evidence of Russian intervention, in effect making any action endorsed by Obama yet another unprovoked strike against a sovereign nation. Perhaps the only difference from the Iraq invasion is that this time the US is not “positive” Russia is also guilty of holding weapons of mass cyberdestruction.

Obama has been under pressure from some Democrats to issue a response to Russia over the hacking before he cedes the White House to Donald Trump in January. Critics fear that Trump, who has expressed a desire for warmer relations with the Kremlin, will take no action against Russia. which seemingly is unacceptable when engaging yet another fact-free narrative fabricated by the CIA.

The actions expected to be unveiled by Obama include expanded sanctions and diplomatic measures, the officials said, in what the administration deems a proportional response to a Russian operation that went beyond cyber hacking activities common among nations.

The problem, as the WaPo noted last night, is that if the administration relies on the original 2015 executive order which will be invoked to launch this diplomatic “retaliation”, it will also have to demonstrate some proof that the individuals or entities it names were involved in the scheme, and until now, the White House has provided no documentation to back up its official October assessment that the Russian government was attempting to “interfere” in the U.S. election besides just repeating the allegation over and over and over, as if that somehow makes it true.

Ultimately, any action Obama launches will likely be undone by Trump in less than a month, which is why the only question is how material Obama’s action would be, and what if any, the Russian retaliation will be shortly thereafter.

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