Slain Palestinians’ relatives to perform Hajj as king’s guests

Hundreds ofworshipperslisten toa Fridaysermon atthe GrandMosque inMakkah.(SPA)
Updated 11 August 2017
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Slain Palestinians’ relatives to perform Hajj as king’s guests

RIYADH: Preparations are complete for the arrival of 1,000 relatives of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces to perform this year’s Hajj as guests of King Salman.
Abdullah Al-Madalj, secretary-general of the King Salman bin Abdul Aziz General Secretariat for Hajj and Umrah, said the arrangements include accommodation, transport and food.
The program, in its ninth year, recognizes the heroism of Palestinians who gave their lives to uphold their rights, he said, adding that hosting their families will ease the pain of losing their loved ones.
“It’s also an extension of support by the Kingdom for the Palestinian cause,” he said.


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

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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.