Egyptian president inaugurates King Salman International University in Sharm El-Sheikh

Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, governor of Saudi Arabia's Tabuk region (front, left) attending the inauguration ceremonies in Sham El Sheikh, Egypt. (SPA)
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Updated 01 November 2020

Egyptian president inaugurates King Salman International University in Sharm El-Sheikh

RIYADH: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated King Salman International University in Sharm El-Sheikh on Saturday, in the presence of Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, governor of Tabuk region.

Prince Fahd headed the Kingdom’s delegation at the opening ceremony on behalf of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Upon his arrival at Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport, Prince Fahd was received by Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports Dr. Ashraf Sobhi and Saudi Ambassador to Egypt Osama Nugali.

At the opening ceremony the Egyptian president welcomed Prince Fahd and the accompanying delegation.

Then a documentary film was presented, tracing the building of the university in the Sinai Peninsula. The new establishment consists of 16 faculties and 56 programs related to three smart branches, at Tur, Ras Sedr and Sharm El-Sheikh, to meet the needs of the international labor market and the fourth industrial revolution.

The building of King Salman International University falls in line with the Kingdom’s program to develop the Sinai Peninsula.

Prince Fahd was accompanied by Minister of State Dr. Issam bin Saad bin Saeed, Minister of State for African Countries Affairs Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Qattan, Minister of Education Dr. Hamad bin Mohammad Al-Sheikh, and the vice president and managing director of the Saudi Fund for Development, Khaled Al-Khudairi.

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Saudi Arabia says Jeddah fuel tank blast caused by ‘Houthi terrorist missile’

Updated 24 November 2020

Saudi Arabia says Jeddah fuel tank blast caused by ‘Houthi terrorist missile’

  • Energy ministry says blast was result of 'a terrorist attack with a projectile'
  • The Arab coalition says those responsible would be held to account

RIYADH: A missile fired by Houthi militants in Yemen sparked an  explosion and fire at a fuel distribution site near Jeddah on Monday.

The blast took place at 3.50 a.m. and causing a fire in a fuel tank at the petroleum products distribution station, north of the city, Saudi Arabia’s energy ministry said. 

The blast was the result of “a terrorist attack with a projectile,” the ministry said.

Firefighting teams managed to extinguish the blaze, and no injuries or loss of life occurred as a result of this attack.

Saudi Aramco’s supply of fuel to its customers was not affected.

The Arab coalition fighting to restore the internationally recognised government in Yemen said those responsible would be held to account. 

“The terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia has been positively identified as the culprits of this cowardly terrorist assault,” coalition spokesman Brig.-Gen. Turki Al-Maliki said. 

The attack, he said, was not just an attack on Saudi Arabia’s national assets, “but on the core of the global economy and its supply routes, as well as the security of global energy.”

He said the attack was a continuation of attacks on other oil facilities in the Kingdom, including a cruise missile and drone assault in Abqaiq and Khurais last year. Those attacks were initially claimed by the Houthis, although evidence suggested they came direct from Iran.

“Substantiated evidence proved the direct involvement of the Iranian regime in those terrorist assaults using Iranian-made advanced conventional weapons,” Al-Maliki said.

He said the coalition would act to safeguard civilians and civilian infrastructure. 

“All terrorist elements who participated in plotting and executing these hostile, terrorist operations against civilians and civilian objects will be held accountable in accordance with the Customary International Humanitarian Law,” he added.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has also condemned the attack Jeddah’s fuel facility, saying it supports any measures by Saudi Arabia to protect its security.

The UAE also condemned the attack, saying it is evidence that Houthis are seeking to undermine the stability of the region.

The Yemeni foreign ministry also said the terror attack proves the Houthis' “lack of seriousness towards peace.” 

The Arab League also denounced the “cowardly terrorist attack” that targeted the fuel distribution station in Jeddah.