Caption: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre this week launched a food assistance campaign in Sudan. (Pictures: Courtesy of Al Arabiya) Image Credit:

Cairo: A major Saudi humanitarian group this week launched a massive-scale food aid campaign in Sudan as part of the kingdom’s support for the country, Dubai-based television Al Arabiya has reported.

The campaign by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre aims at distributing 13,725 food packets in five Sudanese states during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan that starts next week, the television said.

Some 68,625 people are estimated to benefit from the humanitarian initiative in the Sudanese states of Khartoum, West Kurdufan, East Darfur, the Red Sea and the Blue Nile. The aim is to meet food needs of displaced families and ease poverty in these areas.

Attending the launch ceremony in the Sudanese capital Khartoum were Saudi Ambassador to Sudan Ali Bin Hassan Jaffar and representative of the Sudanese Morale Affairs Service Maj. Gen. Fathi Al Muhl.

The gesture complies with directives from Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammad to Saudi agencies to offer humanitarian aid to the Sudanese people, according to the report.

This month, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia pledged a joint aid package of 3 billion dollars to Sudan to help the country overcome hardships after the army deposed and detained longtime president Omar Al Bashir in response to four-month mass protests against his rule.