KSA completes naval drills with Pakistan

Updated 23 January 2013
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KSA completes naval drills with Pakistan

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan completed their 10th joint naval exercise on the Makran coast of the Arabian Sea yesterday, according to reports in the Pakistani media.
The exercise included maritime warfare maneuvers related to counter-terrorism, convoy protection, mine countermeasures and intelligence-based operations.
According to reports, four royal Saudi naval ships including the frigate HMS Makkah; a Dauphin helicopter; a patrol craft HMS Tabuk equipped with a guided missile; mine counter measures vessel HMS Shaqra; and a tanker HMS Buraida participated in the exercise. The Saudi navy also included marines, special forces operatives and bomb-disposal teams.
On the Pakistani side there were three destroyers, missile boats, mine hunters, a submarine, a long-range maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters. There were also marines and special forces teams involved.
Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila was quoted as saying that all seafaring nations need to collaborate to protect each other’s interests. He said the exercise was successful and strengthened ties between the two countries.
The Saudi Royal Navy's Western Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Ibrahim Othman Al-Delaijan also participated in the maritime exercise.


Saudi Arabia forces intercept Houthi missile targeting Jazan

This is not the first incident where the Houthis have targeted civilian areas in Saudi Arabia, last week the air defense forces intercepted another missile aiming at Jazan. (Reuters)
Updated 21 May 2018
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Saudi Arabia forces intercept Houthi missile targeting Jazan

  • Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia targeting Jazan early Monday morning
  • This is not the first incident where the Houthis have targeted civilian areas in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia targeting Jazan early Monday morning, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.
The Arab coalition’s spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said no civilians were reported injured by the rocket fragments scattered across residential areas.
This is not the first incident where the Houthis have targeted civilian areas in Saudi Arabia, last week the air defense forces intercepted another missile aiming at Jazan
“Such hostile and random acts carried out by the Houthi militia prove the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in the Yemeni war,” Al-Maliki said at the time.
“Iran has been, and still is, supporting the armed militia by providing them with qualitative capabilities. This support comes as a clear and explicit defiance of UN Resolutions 2216 and 2231 in order to threaten the Kingdom and regional and global security,” he added.