Kingdom bids to host Asia Cup 2019

Updated 21 September 2013
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Kingdom bids to host Asia Cup 2019

Saudi Arabia’s is joining a group of countries bidding to host Asia Cup soccer tournament in 2019.
Prince Nawaf bin Faisal, president of Youth Welfare, said authorities had approved the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee’s plan.
Prince Nawaf bin Faisal thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister defense, for granting the permission to the committee to complete the formalities.
This is the first time the Kingdom is making a bid to hold the largest football event in Asia. The UAE and Iran are also competing to host the event, the Saudi Press Agency reported. 


Houthi missile fired towards Jazan intercepted by Saudi air defenses

Updated 24 May 2018
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Houthi missile fired towards Jazan intercepted by Saudi air defenses

  • The missile was fired towards the Saudi Arabian province of Jazan in the early hours of Thursday
  • It was launched from the Houthi strong-hold in the Yemeni province of Saada

DUBAI: Saudi air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi militia towards the border province of Jazan in the early hours of Thursday morning, Al Ekhbariya TV reported.

The ballistic missile was launched from the Houthi strong-hold province of Saada.

The missile was spotted at 1:58am on Thursday and was headed towards Jazan city, targeting civilian and populated areas.

The Saudi Royal Air Force (RAFF) was able to intercept the missile and destroy it.

The Iranian-backed Houthis have fired a number of missiles over the border at Saudi cities, including the capital, Riyadh, in breach of international laws banning the targeting of civilian areas.

And on Wednesday UAE coalition forces intercepted two boats in the Red Sea being used by the Houthis to target a tanker.