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Saudi campaign raises $72.3m for Syrians

Food, medical equipment, clothes, tents, blankets, and jewellery also collected

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Riyadh: A five-day Saudi fundraising campaign to support the people in Syria has raised more than $72.33 million, the kingdom’s Interior Minister Prince Ahmad Bin Abdul Aziz was quoted as saying on Saturday.

The campaign, launched on Monday, received donations worth 271.245 million riyals, the state news agency SPA reported quoting Prince Ahmad.

The national fundraising effort saw a donation of 20 million riyals from King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz.

Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, who is also deputy prime minister and defence minister, followed by donating 10 million riyals.

The campaign also collected food, medical equipment, clothes, tents, blankets, and jewellery as part of its drive to support the people of Syria.

More than 19,000 people have been killed across Syria since an uprising against President Bashar Al Assad’s regime erupted in March 2011.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations have repeatedly voiced support for Syrian rebels against the regime of Al Assad.