Rain forces India-bound Saudia flight to land in Sri Lanka

Updated 10 May 2014
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Rain forces India-bound Saudia flight to land in Sri Lanka

Heavy torrential rains in the Malabar region in India’s Kerala state affected flights to and from Jeddah on Thursday and Friday.
Saudia Flight SV892 from Jeddah to Calicut was diverted to Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital on Thursday owing to the stormy weather. The flight, which was scheduled to arrive Thursday, landed in Calicut on Friday morning causing it to be delayed by almost seven hours.
Adverse conditions in the neighboring city of Calicut in India are believed to be the prime reason for the diversion of the flight to Colombo, according to sources. The flight was supposed to land in Calicut at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday but following the diversion to Colombo, it could only reach Calicut on Friday at 6:40 a.m., they added.
Saudia Flight SV893 which was scheduled to arrive from Calicut to Jeddah on Friday has been canceled and rescheduled for Saturday, according to King Abdulaziz International Airport sources. “The flight is now rescheduled to arrive on Saturday at 3:15 p.m.” the sources said.
However, Air Indian officials assured its passengers that the Calicut flight from Jeddah is scheduled to leave on Friday evening as usual.
Feroz Khan, Western region manager of Air India, told Arab News: “Now that the weather is back to normal in Calicut, the Air India flight will continue as scheduled without any interruption.”


Tribal leaders from Saada demand the Saudi-led coalition continue military operations in Yemen

Updated 16 July 2018
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Tribal leaders from Saada demand the Saudi-led coalition continue military operations in Yemen

JEDDAH: The Iranian-backed Houthi militia has destroyed the Yemeni state and its social structure and marginalized all segments of the society, according to the Saudi-led Coalition spokesperson.
Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the Houthis have also destroyed Yemen’s history, represented by its civilization and its tribes. 
In a press conference held at the Armed Forces club in Riyadh, Col. Al-Maliki spoke about Houthi violations against the Yemeni state and how they marginalized segments of its community. The conference was attended by tribal leaders and their representatives from Yemeni’s Saada governorate. 
Al-Maliki said the violations are committed on a daily basis against the Yemeni people, depriving them of their rights and displacing them from their homes. 
He added that there is popular rejection for acts committed by the Houthi militia, including vandalism, sectarian strifes, and racist acts against Yemeni individuals. 
Tribal leader Sheikh Abdel Khaleq Bishr spoke at the conference, saying “the sons of Saada’s governorate still raise the banners of sacrifice and struggle against the Iranian-backed militia, which has lasted more than a decade and half until now.”
He appealed to the legitimate Yemeni government, represented by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, and the Saudi-led coalition to support the legitimacy and continue the battle of liberation of Saada province, in particular, and the Republic of Yemen, in general.
Bishr said “the people of this governorate have sacrificed a lot to maintain the Arab identity of Saada,” adding that they “do not welcome any Iranian role or the presence of an Iranian policy agenda.” 
Finally, Bishr thanked the Yemeni army and the coalition forces supporting the legitimacy of the Yemeni government.