Kuwait launches aid cam­paign for Pales­tini­ans

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KUWAIT:

A Kuwaiti char­ity yes­ter­day kicked off a hu­man­i­tar­ian ini­tia­tive to sup­port de­vel­op­ment in Jerusalem’s sacro­sanct Al-Aqsa mosque. Chair­man of Kuwait’s In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Char­i­ta­ble Or­ga­ni­za­tion (IICO) Dr Ab­dul­lah Al-Ma­touq hailed the en­deavor as an ef­fort to pro­tect holy Is­lamic sites and to tackle un­em­ploy­ment through pro­vid­ing jobs.

He re­vealed that the cam­paign was com­prised of projects that run the gamut from ed­u­ca­tional and food aid to in­fra­struc­ture and health­care de­vel­op­ment, say­ing Kuwait “de­plores Is­rael’s wan­ton at­tacks on our Pales­tinian broth­ers.” Ma­touq, who is also the UN’s Spe­cial En­voy for Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs and ad­vi­sor to Kuwait’s Amiri Di­wan, lamented the fact that around 82 per­cent of Pales­tini­ans in Jerusalem live be­low the poverty line. He stressed that com­ing to the aid of the Pales­tinian peo­ple was both a hu­man­i­tar­ian and re­li­gious obli­ga­tion. —KUNA

JERUSALEM: A Pales­tinian man walks past Is­raeli bor­der po­lice as they stand guard while Mus­lim wor­ship­pers pray out­side Jerusalem’s Old City last Fri­day. —AFP

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