Saudi Aid to Iraq held up in Baghdad

By John Lee.

A consignment of aid from Saudi Arabia, intended for Anbar Province, has reportedly been held up at Baghdad airport because of Iraqi government red tape.

according to a report in a local publication on Thursday.

Arab News says the 315 tons of food, shelter and medicine had been sent on three planes by King Salman, and are being stored incorrectly at Baghdad airport, where workers are "continually tampering with the goods".

Sabah Karhut, chairman of the Anbar Provincial Council, told a local publication that efforts were underway to resolve the problem with the cooperation of the Ministry of Migration and Displacement. He said there was a danger that some of the food sent would perish and urged his government to resolve the situation.

Saudi ambassador in Baghdad Thamer Sabhan issued a message on his Twitter account this week for the government to take action. He said the goods were urgently needed by desperate people in Anbar. There was also a need to store the goods properly, he said.

(Source: Arab News)

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