Arab countries condemn Houthis’ launching of 17 drones toward Saudi Arabia from Yemen

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Updated 20 June 2021

Arab countries condemn Houthis’ launching of 17 drones toward Saudi Arabia from Yemen

  • Iran-backed Houthi militia have consistently launched attacks against the Kingdom
  • The militia once again face international condemnation

RIYADH: Arab countries and organizations have denounced the Houthi attacks targeting Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait and Najran using explosive-laden drones.
Saudi Arabia’s air defenses destroyed 17 drones launched toward the Kingdom’s southern region on Saturday.
A booby-trapped drone targeted Khamis Mushait early in the morning before seven more targeting the southern region were intercepted in Yemeni airspace during the afternoon.
Khamis Mushait was again targeted by two drones in the evening.
Another drone targeted Najran late evening before six more were shot down near midnight.

The Council of Arab Interior Ministers expressed its strong condemnation and absolute rejection of the terrorist attacks.
“The General Secretariat of the Council condemns these cowardly terrorist acts through which this militia is trying to target civilians and civilian objects on an ongoing and systematic basis, and this represents a violation of international law and war crimes and its perpetrators must be held accountable,” it said in a statement from its headquarters in Tunis.
The attacks are “clear evidence of the persistence of this militia in its blatant transgressions and its continuous refusal to comply with calls for peace and the efforts made to try to reach a political solution to the Yemeni crisis.”
The Arab interior ministers council renewed its full solidarity with Saudi Arabia and its absolute support in all the measures it takes to repel terrorist attacks, defend its security and protect its lands its facilities, citizens and residents.
Nayef Al-Hajraf, secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, condemned the continued and repeated attacks by the Iran-backed Houthis and said this reflects their blatant defiance of the international community, their disregard for all international laws and norms, and their rejection of all efforts aimed at bringing peace to Yemen.
He also called on the international community to assume its responsibilities and take a decisive stance toward the Houthi militia to stop these repeated terrorist acts targeting vital and civilian facilities.
The Muslim World League said “these attacks reflect the level of barbarism and the state of humiliation and despair that this militia suffers, while the Kingdom, in confronting this terrorist behavior, affirms its full ability to protect its lands and silence this criminal absurdity, with its high moral commitment stemming from its religious and national values and respect for international laws, charters and norms in its leadership of the Arab coalition.”
Bahrain’s foreign ministry said the militia’s continuation of the attacks threatened the security, stability, and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia, state news agency BNA reported.
Djibouti’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia Diaa-Eddin Saed Bamakhrama said: “While the world is looking for solution initiatives in Yemen in order to achieve security and peace for its people, the militia continues to target civilians in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi Press Agency SPA reported.
The Arab Parliament, meanwhile, stressed the need for the international community to take immediate measures against the militia that threatened peace and security in the region.
Kuwait said it supported all the measures taken by Saudi Arabia to maintain its security and stability.
The UAE condemned the Houthis for “systematically targeting civilians,” while Jordan said any threat to the security of Saudi Arabia was a threat to the entire region.

Egypt also issued a similar statement.
The Houthi’s deliberate and systematic escalation against Yemen constituted a war crime, the Arab coalition said, adding that it was taking measures to protect civilians from attacks.
The Iran-backed Houthis have been attacking the Kingdom with explosive-laden drones on an almost daily basis in recent weeks despite US, United Nations and Saudi calls for a ceasefire in Yemen.

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 14 deaths from COVID-19 and 1,043 new infections on Wednesday.
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Updated 04 August 2021

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JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology (Etidal) is a “world leader” in pioneering work to prevent and counter violent extremism, according to Jehangir Khan, director of the UN Center for Counter-Terrorism (UNCCT).

“Etidal is a world leader in this field and we are proud of it,” he said during a visit by a UNCCT delegation to Etidal’s headquarters in Riyadh on Tuesday. “We are very pleased … to be able to work closely with the center.

“We are impressed by the pioneering research work you are doing in this field. We have to follow your example on matters in which we need to cooperate.”

Khan in particular highlighted Eitdal’s Gether2 initiative, which aims to raise awareness among people with hearing disabilities of the risks of extremism, saying he had never seen any other initiatives designed to reach people with disabilities in this way.

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The UN delegation was welcomed to the center by Etidal’s secretary-general, Mansour Al-Shammari. During the visit the two sides discussed ways to enhance cooperation in their efforts to prevent and combat terrorism and violent extremism.

The delegation also learned about the center’s monitoring and analysis mechanisms, the techniques it use and the models it is creating and developing, as well as the most prominent advanced technologies in the field.


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Updated 02 August 2021

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Updated 02 August 2021

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He also said that this partnership will enable the company to monitor the main assets, both natural and real estate, closely during the construction phase, which will support efforts to lead renewable tourism worldwide.

Pagano added that KACST, through the National Consortium on Remote Sensing in Transportation (NCRST), will capture monthly high-resolution data for the Red Sea project, using the GeoEye-1, WorldView, and Pleiades satellites.
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Updated 02 August 2021

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Chief of the General Staff Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili received Chief of Staff of Bahrain Defense Force Lt. Gen. Dhiyab bin Saqr Al-Nuaimi, and his accompanying delegation, at King Salman Air Base in Riyadh on Sunday.

During the meeting, they exchanged military views and discussed issues of common interest, stressing the strength of relations and ways to achieve the shared goals of the armed forces of the two countries.

Saudi Deputy Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Mutlaq bin Salem Al-Azima, who is also the acting commander of the joint forces, then accompanied Al-Nuaimi on a visit to the Joint Forces Command and briefed him on the progress of the operations led by the Arab coalition forces to support legitimacy in Yemen.

They also discussed ways to support and enhance these to ensure regional security and stability.

Maj. Gen. Turki bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, commander of the Royal Saudi Air Forces, also received Al-Nuaimi in the Air Force Command. During the meeting, they discussed many issues of common interest.

 

 

 

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