Song written by Saudi gives hope to Yemenis

Updated 13 May 2015
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Song written by Saudi gives hope to Yemenis

Prominent Saudi scholar, author and TV host Mohsin Shaikh Al-Hassan has written a new song which is currently being played on radio and TV stations across Saudi Arabia as well as in Yemen. The song has been well received and is seen as source of hope and strength for many throughout both the Kingdom and Yemen during this time of tension.
“The song is entitled ‘O Yemeni People,’ and it's intention is to spread hope and inspiration among Yemenis, particularly those in Aden who have been greatly affected by the fighting,” he said.
"Truce could be in sight", Al-Hassan commented, "but the country and its people have suffered a lot in the wake of the campaign to restore the legitimate Yemeni government."
He added: “In the Kingdom, the song is being sung on Sella TV, MBC FM and Radio Riyadh by Yemeni Mohammed Aryimee. The music was created by Harban, a composer from Jazan. It is also being sung on Aden TV."
Al-Hassan said that in writing the song, he kept in mind the efforts of the Kingdom in leading a 10-nation coalition to restore the legitimate government in Yemen.
He said that the Kingdom did not only form a ten-nation coalition, but also contributed powerfully in terms of providing fighter jets and Saudi pilots. It also gave $274 million in aid to Yemen through the United Nations.
The song aims to rebuild the confidence of the Yemeni people, and to make them feel more at ease after the Houthi rebels displaced the legitimate government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, he said.
Earlier, he also wrote a play on the reasons behind Operation Decisive Storm for elementary pupils of Al-Khaleej School in Riyadh.
He said that the second three-hour episode of “100 Days of Accomplishment” will be shown on Sella TV on Thursday. The program aims to showcase the accomplishments of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman throughout the last 100 days since he ascended to the throne, Al-Hassan said.
He added that the program also discusses the 50 years of King Salman as the former governor of Riyadh. “He certainly performed well in this role. When he took over as governor, the population of Riyadh was only 200,000. Now, it is 6 million. During his tenure, the United Nations also selected Riyadh as the ‘10th most Intelligent City’ in the world,” he said.


Arab coalition working to protect region’s security, says spokesman

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki at a press briefing. (SPA file photo)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Arab coalition working to protect region’s security, says spokesman

  • Houthis want to disturb peace, says coalition spokesman
  • Stockholm peace agreement under strain

RIYADH: The Arab coalition supporting the internationally recognized Yemeni government is committed to protecting regional and global security, a spokesman said Monday.

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki was asked at a press briefing about Houthi militias threatening to target the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

“This is their way to disturb peace,” Al-Maliki replied. “Previously the Houthis targeted Riyadh with a ballistic missile, violating all international laws by attacking a city that has more than 8 million civilians. We take all precautions to protect civilians and vital areas. The coalition works to protect regional and international security.”

Al-Maliki said Houthis had targeted Saudi border towns several times, the most recent incident taking place in Abha last Friday.

But the Saudi Royal Air Defense Force had shot down a drone that was targeting civilians, he added.

He said four Saudi nationals and an Indian expatriate were injured in the attack because of falling debris.

The drone wreckage showed the characteristics and specifications of Iranian manufacturing, he said, which proved Iran was continuing to smuggle arms to the militias.

He warned the Houthis to refrain from targeting civilians because the coalition, in line with international humanitarian law, had every right to counter such threats.

He said the coalition was making efforts to neutralize ballistic missiles and dismantle their capabilities, as the coalition’s joint command would not allow the militia to possess weapons that threatened civilian lives and peace.

Al-Maliki reiterated that the Houthis were targeting Yemeni civilians and continued to violate international laws. 

He also urged Yemenis to try their best to prevent children from being captured by Houthis, who were using them as human shields and child soldiers.

His comments came as the UN tried to salvage a peace deal that was seen as crucial for ending the country’s four-year war.

The Stockholm Agreement was signed by the Yemeni government and Houthi representatives last December.

The main points of the agreement were a prisoner exchange, steps toward a cease-fire in the city of Taiz, and a cease-fire agreement in the city of Hodeidah and its port, as well as ports in Salif and Ras Issa.

Militants triggered the conflict when they seized the capital Sanaa in 2014 and attempted to occupy large parts of the country. An Arab coalition intervened in support of the internationally recognized government in March 2015.

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since 2015.

Earlier this month US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that President Donald Trump’s administration opposed curbs on American assistance to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

“The way to alleviate the Yemeni people’s suffering isn’t to prolong the conflict by handicapping our partners in the fight, but by giving the Saudi-led coalition the support needed to defeat the Iranian-backed rebels and ensure a just peace,” Pompeo said at a news conference in Washington.