Air surveillance, police patrols reinforce security for key Riyadh meetings

Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh is illuminated in colors of the national flags of Saudi Arabia and the US.
Updated 20 May 2017
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Air surveillance, police patrols reinforce security for key Riyadh meetings

RIYADH: An elaborate civil and security arrangement is in place to ensure a pleasant stay for visiting US President Donald Trump and Arab and Muslim leaders arriving in Riyadh.
The capital city is hosting three summits: A Saudi-US Summit on Saturday, followed by a Gulf-US Summit and an Arab-Islamic-American Summit on Sunday.
Police patrols have been increased and security helicopters have reinforced air surveillance. Security vans have been stationed at various intersections.
“Foolproof security will continue during the visit. There should be no concern regarding the security issues as elaborate arrangements are in place,” a police official said.
The Ritz Carlton hotel, where US Embassy officials were seen monitoring the arrangements for the stay of the US delegation, was cordoned off. To mark the occasion, the iconic hotel’s building was illuminated in green and blue lights with the colors of the Saudi and the US national flags.
The US Embassy posted Trump’s photo on its Facebook and Twitter accounts, welcoming him to Riyadh.
According to the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), more than 350 motorcyclists in Riyadh will participate in a parade with a message for peace and tolerance.
Majed Abdullah Al-Hedayan, a senior legal consultant, said the visit assumes significance, as it will be helpful in reinforcing the Kingdom’s commitment to a peaceful and secure future.
The events lined up during the visit provide an opportunity to showcase the Kingdom’s economic dynamism and potential and varying degrees of transformation underway under Vision 2030, he added.


Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Jazan

Updated 20 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Jazan

  • Earlier this week, Saudi air defenses shot down a previous ballistic missile attack by the Houthis
  • The incident happened hours after the coalition warned of a “painful” response if the Houthis mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia

Saudi air defense forces managed to intercept a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias from Yemen headed in the direction of Saudi Arabia’s border province of Jazan on Friday.

Earlier this week, Saudi air defenses shot down a previous ballistic missile attack by the Houthis.

Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the coalition's spokesman, said the missile was monitored by the Saudi Air Force to have been launched from Yemen's Amran province at 10:16 p.m. Monday toward populated areas in the southern Saudi province of Najran.

The missile was intercepted before it could hit its target, Al-Maliki said.

The incident happened hours after the coalition warned of a “painful” response if the Houthis mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia using what it said were Iran-supplied drones.

So far, the Houthis have launched over 100 missiles at Saudi cities and installations.