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Originally published January 25, 2010 at 7:03 AM | Page modified January 25, 2010 at 9:02 AM

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Saudi: Government donates $50 million to Haiti

Saudi Arabia has donated $50 million in relief to Haiti to cope with the devastating earthquake that hit the country nearly two weeks ago, making it the largest donation from the Middle East to date, a Saudi foreign ministry spokesman said Monday.

The Associated Press

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia —

Saudi Arabia has donated $50 million in relief to Haiti to cope with the devastating earthquake that hit the country nearly two weeks ago, making it the largest donation from the Middle East to date, a Saudi foreign ministry spokesman said Monday.

More than 150,000 people have been buried by the government since the Jan. 12 quake struck, but that doesn't count the bodies still in wrecked buildings, buried or burned by relatives or dead in outlying quake areas, according to government officials. The quake left some 700,000 people homeless in Port-au-Prince, mostly huddled under sheets, boards and plastic in open areas.

Israel sent a medical and rescue team in Haiti which the army said will finish its operations in the next few days and return to Israel by Thursday.

The official news agency of the United Arab Emirates, a Middle Eastern nation on the Persian Gulf, said a plane carrying 77 tons of basic relief supplies has been sent by the government to Haiti.

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid, the ruler of Dubai, also flew to Port-Au-Prince last week on a "mercy mission" to deliver aid and rescue Arab families in the Haitian capital.

Dubai is one of seven sheikdoms making up the United Arab Emirates.

"Dubai may be far away, but we join in reaching out to Haitian families who have lost so much and are struggling just now to survive," the princess, a U.N. "Messenger of Peace," told the Emirates' news agency.

Jordan sent six tons of relief supplies to Haiti shortly after the quake hit. A field hospital was also dispatched there to help treat survivors, including members of Jordan's 700-strong, peacekeeping contingent in Haiti. Three Jordanian peacekeepers were killed and 23 wounded in the quake.

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