7 die as gunman goes on a rampage in Jazan

Updated 12 February 2016

7 die as gunman goes on a rampage in Jazan

JAZAN: Seven people died and several others were injured following an attack by a lone gunman on the Education Office in the Al-Dair governorate of Jazan on Thursday.
The attacker has been arrested, said Interior Ministry spokesman Gen. Mansour Al-Turki. “His motives remain unclear,” he added.
Employees of the Education Office faced the hail of bullets resulting in a number of deaths and injuries.
Jazan police spokesman Lt. Col. Mohammed Al-Harbi told a local publication that security patrols in Al-Dair received an emergency call at 2 p.m. stating that a visitor to the Education Office had opened fire at a number of employees as they were carrying out their duties. Six employees were killed on the spot. One more person died at the hospital.
Al-Harbi said the perpetrator was arrested. Jazan police has begun an investigation into the crime. The perpetrator has been referred to the competent authorities for further action.
Saudi online newspapers described it as a personal dispute.
Following the attack, security was beefed up at Al-Dair General Hospital. A state of maximum emergency was declared as the dead and injured were wheeled into the hospital.

Lettre to Qatar: Abandon PR, change attitude, and siege would be lifted

Updated 2 min 36 sec ago

Lettre to Qatar: Abandon PR, change attitude, and siege would be lifted

LONDON: Four Arab ambassadors have called on Qatar to improve relations with its neighbors, change its attitude and stop its support for extremism, terror and destabilization in the region.

The four ambassadors of Saudi Arabia (Mohammed bin Nawwa), Bahrain (Fawaz bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa), the UAE (Suleiman Al-Mazroui) and Egypt (Nasser Kamel) co-wrote a letter published on Wednesday in the Financial Times to answer an FT lead article titled “Qatar siege is meaningless.”

The ambassadors stressed in the letter that their governments had no plans to incorporate Qatar, as the FT claimed, but all they hoped for is that the Doha government committed to the international criteria to fight terrorism and “stop its support for terror and extremism in the region.”

In the letter, the four ambassadors reminded the paper that the prime minister of Qatar attended the wedding of the son of Abdel Rahman Al-Nueimi,who is listed on a US terror list, and is the main conduit to Al-Qaeda in Iraq where, according to the US, he funnelled millions of US dollars to the organization there.

The ambassadors added that Al-Nueimi is one of many sponsors of terror living and working in Qatar.

The ambassadors drew the readers’ attention to Qatar’s “double standard behavior” — saying one thing to the West, and doing the opposite.

They concluded the letter by demonstrating Qatar’s “duplicity.”

They said that Qatar has recently intensified the use of its media and PR to promote and support terror in the Middle East generally and in Saudi Arabia especially.

Recently Qatari broadcasters opened their airwaves to Houthi militia in Yemen and its propaganda calling for attacking Saudi Arabia.

In conclusion the ambassadors called on Doha to quit its public relations campaign and change its attitude — only then would the siege be over.