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Saturday, 8 January, 2005

Middle East digs a little deeper for tsunami victims

Saudi Arabia is stepping up its response to the disaster in southeast Asia, tripling its official aid pledge to $30 million and is planning a telethon so Saudi citizens can contribute. Oil-rich Gulf states have been steadily increasing their pledges for tsunami victims as the scope of the disaster becomes clearer, and amid accusations at home and abroad that they are doing too little, especially when one of the worst hit regions is mostly Muslim Indonesia.

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