5 emergency medical centers to be set up on Riyadh-Rayen-Bisha Road

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, center, witnesses the signing ceremony between President of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Qassim, left, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Shakreen Endowments Sheikh Malhi bin Salama bin Saeedan, right, at Al-Hakam Palace in Riyadh on Saturday. (AN photo)
Updated 19 June 2017
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5 emergency medical centers to be set up on Riyadh-Rayen-Bisha Road

RIYADH: In the wake of rising road accidents, five emergency medical centers will be set up on the Riyadh-Rayen-Bisha Road, Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal Bin Bandar announced here on Saturday.
The agreement was signed at Al-Hakam Palace in Riyadh between President of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Qassim, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Shakreen Endowments Sheikh Malhi bin Salama bin Saeedan in the presence of Prince Faisal.
Al-Qassim recalled that last year, there were 1,000 road accidents on this highway, which included 100 deaths. He added the rate of accidents had increased by 10 percent over the previous year.
He said that the five centers will strengthen the emergency medical services and reduce the proportion of deaths due to traffic accidents by reducing the time it takes to transport victims to treatment
According to the agreement, the new project will include the construction and equipping of five emergency centers in places such as Al-Qudiyah, Madhale, Al-Rayn, Al-Daimi and Asilah. Al-Shakreen Endowments will fund the project.
Bin Saeedan thanked Prince Faisal for his support and sponsorship of the initiative, stressing that the Shakreen Endowment is keen to strengthen its partnership with government sectors in its charitable projects.
“The initiative is the beginning of a series of joint initiatives that match the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to promote public and private service to the homeland and society,” he added.
Al-Qassim described the initiative as a “model” for joint cooperation in charitable and humanitarian fields.


GCC, global parliamentary groups warn Iran of consequences

GCC Secretary-General Abdullateef Al-Zayani
Updated 58 min 35 sec ago
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GCC, global parliamentary groups warn Iran of consequences

  • Maintaining security and stability in the region is the first priority of the Gulf states
  • Iran is in non-compliance with paragraph 14 of UNSC resolution 2216, as a UN panel has already identified missile remnants

RIYADH: A number of parliamentarians from different countries including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have warned Iran of grave consequences if it continues to indulge in proxy wars with neighboring Arab countries that threaten the peace and stability in the Middle East.

In statements issued on the 37th anniversary of the GCC’s establishment, parliamentarian criticized Iranian role in the Yemen conflict and Tehran’s continued support to the Houthi militias that have so far fired more than 100 ballistic missiles on Saudi Arabia.
“Maintaining security and stability in the region is the first priority of the Gulf states,” said GCC Secretary-General Abdullateef Al-Zayani.
Al-Zayani appreciated “the pivotal role of the Saudi leadership in backing the GCC General Secretariat to achieve the collective goals and implement the resolutions of the Supreme Council.”
He called on Iran “to refrain from meddling in the affairs of Arab nations, and stop supplying arms and ammunition to its Houthi militants to save Yemen from the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”
The “All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Yemen” in the British Parliament last Wednesday released its annual report on the situation in the war-stricken country, warning, for the first time, of “Iran’s hand in the civil war and its attempt to project power on the Arabian peninsula.”
The APPG observed that “cooperation with non-state actors is an integral part of Iran’s foreign policy through which it seeks to consolidate power across the region.” As examples of this strategy, the group named Iran’s support for the Lebanon-based terrorist organization Hezbollah, as well as Iranian militias in Syria and Iraq.
It further noted that “Iran’s stance against the war must be judged in the context of its desire to undermine the Western and Saudi influence in Yemen.”
The British group has warned that Tehran’s arming of the Houthi rebels has led to a “major escalation” in the conflict.
Commenting on these reports, Mohammed Al-Khunaizi, a Saudi Shoura Council member, said that “Iran has had complicity in most of the regional conflicts, and the involvement of Tehran has been hampering all efforts to restore peace and security in the Middle East.”
He said: “Iran is in non-compliance with paragraph 14 of UNSC resolution 2216, as a UN panel has already identified missile remnants, related military equipment that are of Iranian origin and were/are being used in Yemen.”
“The growing involvement of Iran in the affairs of the Arab nations has led many of its Arab neighbors to distance itself from Tehran,” said Dr. Ibrahim Al-Qayid, the founding member of the National Society of Human Rights (NSHR).
In fact, the Arab League has recently supported Morocco’s decision to sever ties with Iran over its support for the Polisario Front, he said.