Two killed in Riyadh school shooting

The Kingdom Schools, where the shooting took place on Wednesday May 31, 2017.
Updated 31 May 2017
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Two killed in Riyadh school shooting

JEDDAH/RIYADH: Two teachers were killed in a shooting at Kingdom Schools in north Riyadh Wednesday morning, in an act that the school’s chairman described as “a case of a disgruntled employee.”
The shooter, an Iraqi former Islamic studies teacher, was dismissed from the school four years ago due to “anger issues and an unstable personality,” Talal Al-Maiman, CEO of Kingdom Holding and chairman of Kingdom Schools, said in a statement issued after the incident.
An American-Palestinian sectional head died immediately, and the other teacher, a Saudi, died upon admission to the nearby Kingdom Hospital, said school sources. A worker was injured.
The situation at the school was “contained” by mid-afternoon, said Al-Maiman, adding that the school’s private security guards “followed established procedures” until the case was handed over to government authorities. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by the incident,” he said.
The official Twitter account of the US Mission in Saudi Arabia has posted a warning to avoid the area.
The tweet, which was posted Wednesday around 2 p.m. local time, said: “Shooter still at school. School closed, no children present. Please avoid area.”
Another tweet around 3:15 p.m. local time said: “Ongoing security incident at Kingdom School as of 3 p.m. local time. Please avoid area due to heavy police presence.”
Schools closed before Ramadan following a royal decree that studies would be concluded before the start of the fasting month.
Riyadh police had not issued a statement at the time of print.


Saudi Arabia highlights the importance of the implementation of the UN Vision 2030

Updated 15 min 21 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia highlights the importance of the implementation of the UN Vision 2030

  • Saudi Arabia affirms the importance of preserving natural resources and putting great attention to environmental issues
  • Saudi Arabia is keen to preserve and protect them and ensure that they are not affected by the urban and industrial renaissance in the Kingdom

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s permanent delegation to the United Nations said that the Kingdom puts great importance to the implementation of the UN Vision 2030’s goals encompassing the economic, social and environmental fronts.

This was stated in the speech delivered by the First Secretary Bandar Al-Nahdi during the general debate on Agenda 21, a UN action plan on sustainable development, at the 73rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Al-Nahdi said that Saudi Arabia affirms the importance of preserving natural resources and putting great attention to environmental issues.

It is keen to preserve and protect them and ensure that they are not affected by the urban and industrial renaissance in the Kingdom, he said in his speech.

“Saudi Arabia believes that the preservation and development of the environment lie in finding new modern technologies, reducing pollution, fighting desertification and optimizing the use of water resources (both treated and renewable water),” Al-Nahdi said. “The plan also includes a complete protection of shores, reserves and islands, in a way that everyone would have access to them.”

He pointed out that King Salman has issued a royal order to establish the Royal Protected Areas Council under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman. The council will have authority over six reserves in the Kingdom, and would be made accessible to citizens and residents without walls or barriers.

Al-Nahdi said that the Kingdom also supports international efforts to combat desertification.

He added that the Kingdom has launched two initiatives for the sustainable development of forests and rangeland, and organized investments in these areas, to fight desertification through planting 4 million trees and providing 6 million plantlets. It also rehabilitated 60,000 hectares of agricultural land and pastures. Meanwhile, over the next four years more than 100 sites and 24 national parks will be developed.

Al-Nahdi also referred to the report of the UN Secretary-General – “Oil slick on the Lebanese shores” – and said that Saudi Arabia shared the concern of the UN as Israel continued to ignore all international resolutions urging it to take responsibility for the environmental catastrophe caused when its military forces targeted oil storage tanks in the Lebanese shores.

“This has engendered a devastating environmental impact. It is not surprising to see this coming from a state that always disregards all international laws, decisions and treaties, and continues to occupy the land of Palestine and the Arab Golan,” he said.

Al-Nahdi stressed that the Kingdom was always keen on cooperating with international organizations and countries that believed in collective work to achieve the best.

He said that Saudi Arabia would also support efforts to protect and preserve the environment, including risk-reduction measures for natural disasters that threaten our world.