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Saudi Arabia Pledges $500M to Address Iraq's Grave Humanitarian Crisis

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Saudi Arabia Extends Help Right On Time!

To respond to the grave humanitarian crisis in Iraq, Saudi Arabia announced it will provide $500 million to the United Nations to help Iraqis in need and alleviate the suffering of refugees caused by the recent violence engulfing the country.

The 500 million dollars exceeds the expected amount sought by the word's body to respond to the crisis in Iraq. Saudi Arabia made the contribution after the UN expressed concern over the lack of funding for humaitarian aid in raq.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi Foreign Minister Crown Prince Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said in a statement that the aid is for the Iraqis "who have suffered greatly from recent events, including those who have been displaced, regardless of their religion, sect or ethnicity."

U.S. Welcomes Saudi Arabia's 500 Million Dollar Pledge To Help Iraqis in Need

In a press statement, US Secretary of State John Kerry praised Saudi Arabia for its generosity to help its neighbor.

He said Iraq's grave humanitarian crisis affects Shia, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, and all other religious and ethnic groups.

Saudi Arabia has made a prompt response to alleviate the suffering of all Iraqis displaced by the violence.

"This half a billion dollar commitment is a powerful statement of solidarity." - Secretary Kerry

In addition, Secretary Kerry urged the international community to join in the international humanitarian response for Iraqi internally displaced persons.

ISIS Brings Terror In Iraq

The rebel fighters belong to the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

The recent terroristic moves are not something new for ISIS - the group is known for its insurgency operations in Nineveh and other provinces.

Mosul is the second city to be seized by ISIS militants this year. The Iraqi government lost control of Fallujah earlier this year.

With the raging aggression in Mosul, the International Organization for Migration estimates that the number of people displaced by violence in Mosul and surrounding areas of Ninewa governorate in recent days may have reached 500,000.

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