Housing Ministry plans to build 200,000 affordable housing units

Updated 06 February 2013
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Housing Ministry plans to build 200,000 affordable housing units

The Ministry of Housing plans to implement a program that will result in the construction of 200,000 housing units.
The ministry said that 17,600 units are currently being implemented. There is adequate land for the program.
He said the ministry has brought a foreign expert who will determine the mechanism to help distribute the housing units to individuals. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has ordered the construction of 500,000 housing units across the Kingdom as part of social welfare schemes. Construction is scheduled to be competed at the end of this year.
The housing units are intended to meet the needs of the lower income sector throughout the Kingdom.
Key criteria for receiving housing units stipulates that a beneficiary does not own a house, according to a ministry spokesman.
The foreign expert will finalize the distribution mechanism by the end of the year, he said. He said Saudi citizens will be given choice between loans provided by the Real Estate Development Fund (REDF), the housing unit or any other program approved by the Ministry.


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

Updated 25 min 55 sec ago
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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.