Brigadier general dies in Yemen conflict

Updated 28 September 2015
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Brigadier general dies in Yemen conflict

JEDDAH: A brigadier general has died in hospital of wounds sustained on the border with Yemen, the armed forces said.
Ibrahim Omar Ibrahim Hamzi, deputy commander of the 8th brigade in the Jazan province, was injured “defending the nation and its citizens,” a statement said.
His death follows the killing of two border officers along the frontier on Saturday, as clashes with Iran-allied Houthis in Yemen escalated.
A large number of citizens performed funeral prayers of Hamzi after Asr prayer on Saturday at Al-Qarawi Mosque in Abu Arish Province, Jazan.
On the same day, the two martyrs of a mine explosion in Al-Harth Sector, Jazan, were laid to rest.
In a related development, one of the Saudi border guards, detained by the Houthi militia, escaped from his captors and safely returned home.
The guard, Talal Hazazi, had lost his way in Yemeni territory when he was captured and held for 15 days. Hazazi reached a citizen’s house in the border area. From there, he contacted his command unit, which arrived and transferred him to a hospital.
Meanwhile, an official said the coalition played no role in an attack that reportedly killed 25 civilians in a Yemeni village on Sunday.
The Saudi official told Reuters: “This is totally false news. We deny it.”


Saudi Arabia’s first ’smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

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Saudi Arabia’s first ’smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

TABUK: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk region, inaugurated the Kingdom’s first smart pharmacy — operated by a robot — at King Fahd Specialist Hospital on Thursday, following his meeting with the province’s director general of health affairs, Ghurmallah bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi.
It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can dispense 1,500 packages of medicine per hour, store over 20,000 packages of medicine, reject expired drugs, and deal with 240 prescriptions per hour — will save the time of patients and pharmacists, ensure better control of drug stocks, provide the highest safety standards, and reduce medication errors.
The pharmacy has six outlets, one of which is dedicated to serving disabled people.
Prince Fahd congratulated Tabuk Health Affairs on this achievement, which he said would contribute to better health care services.
He stressed that serving citizens was the main objective and praised the role of young men and women in meeting the requirements of the future.
He also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for the health care sector in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ghamdi thanked Prince Fahd for his support for the health care sector in the province.