RIYADH: The Saudi Ambassador to Egypt Osama Nugali has praised Saudi Arabians for helping to raise more than $133 million to help Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

In a statement made at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza, the envoy said a seventh Saudi airlift had arrived on Wednesday at Egypt’s Al-Arish International Airport, from where the aid would be transported by road to the border.

During his visit to the border crossing, Nugali was shown the progress being made on deliveries.


The Gaza fund-raising appeal was started with a donation of more than $13 million from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Nugali noted that the generosity of the Saudi people in backing the humanitarian campaign was “unsurprising,” adding that so far 250 tons of aid had been delivered to Gaza since the Israel-Hamas war began and that this would likely double with aid also being shipped by sea.

He pointed out the difficulties faced in sending aid to Gaza but said the Kingdom was committed to ensuring that it reached those it was intended for.