13 shops closed for not hiring women

Updated 17 July 2013
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13 shops closed for not hiring women

The Ministry of Labor has closed 13 shops in a Riyadh mall for failing to hire Saudi women.
The closure is part of the ministry's campaign that started on Monday, to enforce the feminization of all clothing stores for women in the country. This includes abaya and lingerie stores.
The ministry's field inspectors issued warnings to other shop owners and gave them time to hire women before the next inspections.
Saud Al-Sinitan, field inspection supervisor at the ministry, said that the ministry has a penalty system that includes closing a violating shop's account with the ministry, providing a grace period to rectify its situation, and finally complete closure if the shop fails to comply.
“We have fulltime field inspectors across the Kingdom to enforce the ministry's regulations,” he said.
“We are going to visit every single woman clothing and abaya shops in all malls to make sure they only hire women,” he said.
He said the ministry works with the municipality and the passport department to enforce labor laws. Closed shops would only reopen once Saudi women are hired, he said.
Al-Sinitan said there are women inspectors in the field to report on shops trying to circumvent the regulations.
He said the ministry does not “name and shame” but are determined to ensure this part of the country's Saudization program is enforced.


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

Updated 20 June 2018
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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.