SR1bn projects to improve health care in Al-Jouf

Updated 21 March 2014
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SR1bn projects to improve health care in Al-Jouf

Al-Jouf Gov. Prince Fahd bin Bandar has launched several projects worth SR1 billion in the region and thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for his efforts in improving the lives of citizens.
“The health projects are the first of their kind in Al-Jouf and include the King Abdulaziz Specialist Hospital and its affiliated centers and the Prince Miteb bin Abdulaziz Hospital,” Prince Fahd said after launching the projects and laying the foundation stone for other projects in the region.
Foundation stones were laid for 16 medical warehouses at the cost of SR64 million and an outpatient clinic at Dumat Al-Jandal Hospital, in addition to residential projects and mental health hospitals in Sakaka and Tabarjal Hospital to be built in two phases.
“The health facilities have also been equipped with the latest technological and medical equipment to keep pace with medical advances being witnessed by the world around us,” said the prince.
Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Hussein, president of Saudi Press Agency, said that Al-Jouf now includes the largest medical establishments, as well as specialized medical centers in dental medicine and diabetes equipped with the latest medical equipment in the world, to provide the people of Al-Jouf with health care in different sub-specialities.
Other medical projects will also be launched in the region in the next few months. These include a women’s and children’s hospital, regional laboratory, anti-poison center and kidney disease center to complete medical services needed by citizens in the region.
Al-Hussein also said that such medical services create employment opportunities in the region and stressed the importance of the media’s role in highlighting health facilities and the medical services they offer.


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

Updated 17 January 2019
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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”