Alarming rise in AIDS cases

Updated 15 July 2014
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Alarming rise in AIDS cases

There is a marked increase in the number of HIV (AIDS) patients by 19 percent annually, according to Mosa Hiaza’a, director of the Saudi Charity Association for AIDS Patients.
“The association has registered 630 HIV patients this year which is a hundred percent increase over last year,” Hiaza’a said quoting the latest statistics issued by the association in June 2014. He added that most of the patients were men.
He said that 2,500 patients live with their families and are in touch with the association which provides them with services and a variety of emotional or educational programs.
“The Association monitors the patients and learns about their lifestyles, families’ conditions and provides emotional and economic support which helps them to integrate with the community,” Hiaza’a said.
In addition, the association organizes home visits in order to encourage them and make them feel part of society.
The association further contributes with financial support to help patients get married. It has succeeded in helping 130 HIV patients to get married in the last five years.
Th director said: “The number of healthy babies born to female AIDS patients reached 90 children.”
The women were registered with the Ministry of Health where they were put through some stringent medical tests. They were also given the necessary treatment to be able to have healthy babies free from AIDS, according to Hiaza’a.
The association is instrumental in helping patients to learn the value of patience and to adhere to Islamic principles through psychological rehabilitation programs.


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.