Al-Rabeeah to train team of surgeons in twin separation

Updated 24 December 2012
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Al-Rabeeah to train team of surgeons in twin separation

After successfully separating the two Saudi conjoined twins Abdullah and Salman in King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, minister of health and head of the conjoined-twins’ surgery team, announced that he intends to mentor more Saudi surgeons to perform this type of operation.
Al-Rabeeah said that the participation of medical students in such rare operations is a crucial step toward the preparation of a new generation of qualified surgeons specialized in this field.
He also expressed his appreciation for the efforts exerted by the Vice Chancellors of King Saud University for Health Sciences and Al Qasim University, in providing their medical students with the opportunity to participate in such operations.
Al-Rabeeah said the success of the operation is a milestone for the entire Kingdom and was the fruit of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman’s great support and encouragement.
“This is the 31st successful operation, which was undertaken in 8 hours 30 minutes, in King Abdul Aziz Medical City – National Guard. The first operation was in 1990.”
He also expressed his gratitude for the parents and the leadership’s trust in the medical team, which fueled their motivation and drove them to achieve greater successes.
Meanwhile, the minister urged employees working in the internal auditing departments throughout the Kingdom to adhere to the highest levels of professionalism, transparency and fairness in order to uplift the auditing profession.
“Auditors should aim to concentrate their attention and care toward servicing the ministries’ beneficiaries. The second phase of the auditing work involves shifting away from stiff bureaucratic controls, toward developing systems and policies that facilitate the accomplishment of tasks with utmost professionalism,” said Al-Rabeeah.
Al-Rabeeah spoke after meeting with the directors of the internal audit departments in the various health directorates to convey the ministry’s support for their hard work and accomplishments.
He explained that the benchmark for the success of any internal department is the minimum level of complaints and observations made by the citizens and watchdog institutions.


Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

Updated 20 June 2018
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Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

  • The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.
  • Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels.

JEDDAH: Saudi-led coalition officials on Tuesday displayed weapons and explosives supplied by Iran to Houthi militias in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. 

The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.

Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels. The weapons were captured on the battlefield in Hodeidah and displayed at a military base in the UAE. 

“Unsurprisingly, there are advanced military components in the Houthi militias’ hands,” said Talal Al-Teneiji, an official at the UAE Foreign Ministry.

“We took time to inspect and disassemble these to figure out the source ... and we can say that these elements are military-grade materials imported from Iran to the Houthi militias.”

As the week-long offensive in Hodeidah intensified on Tuesday, coalition forces consolidated their grip on the city’s airport and there was new fighting on the main coast road leading to the city center, with Apache helicopters providing air support to the coalition. 

“We can hear the sounds of artillery, mortars and sporadic machinegun fire. The Houthis have been using tanks,” one civilian on the coastal strip said. 

“Water has been cut off to many of the areas near the corniche area because the Houthis have dug trenches and closed water pipes.”

At the airport, which the coalition has controlled since Saturday, their forces stormed the main compound and took full command.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said: “We are waiting for the Houthis to realize the sort of military and psychological blow that they got with the airport ... we are giving them time to decide if they want to save the city ... and pull out.”

Oubai Shahbandar, a strategic communications adviser, told Arab News that “without the sea and airport of Hodeidah, the Houthi militia has effectively lost the war.”

They should agree to UN-hosted peace talks and not prolong the fighting. “The tide in this conflict has clearly turned in favor of the Arab coalition and the welfare of the Yemeni people ought to be paramount,” he said.