Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile

Saudi army are seen deployed along the Saudi border with Yemen, in this file photo taken on April 21, 2015. (REUTERS)
Updated 24 September 2017
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Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile

RIYADH: A Yemen rebel missile heading toward Saudi Arabia was intercepted late Saturday, the Arab military coalition said, in the midst of nationwide celebrations to mark the founding of the kingdom.
The ballistic missile targeted Khamis Mushait, which houses the Saudi-led coalition’s main air base for its operations in Yemen, the official Saudi Press Agency quoted the coalition as saying.
It added that the missile was intercepted without casualties or damage.
“The Saudi Royal Air Force discovered the launch of a ballistic missile from within Yemeni territory,” SPA said.
“The coalition forces then targeted the launch site.”
The attack came as Saudi Arabia celebrated its national day across the kingdom with a raucous display of concerts, folk dance and fireworks.
Occasional ballistic missile attacks, as well as more frequent short-range rocket fire over the southern border, have in the past been conducted after coalition air strikes against the rebels in Yemen.
Last week, the head of the rebels threatened to fire missiles at the United Arab Emirates and to attack Saudi tankers in the Red Sea.
The Houthi rebels and their allies, former members of Yemen’s security forces linked to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, began retaliatory attacks against the kingdom two years ago.
The coalition intervened in the country in March 2015 to support President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who says the rebels are supported by Saudi’s regional arch-rival Iran.


King Salman given update on progress of Red Sea Project

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King Salman given update on progress of Red Sea Project

  • The king and crown prince were given an update on the progress of the bold tourism project
  • By the time the project is completed, there will be 22 developed islands out of a total of 90 islands

RIYADH: King Salman received a team from The Red Sea Development Company, led by CEO John Pagano, at Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday
The team gave the king and Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman a progress report on the ambitious tourism and leisure project.
Pagano gave a presentation detailing the master plan for the Red Sea Project and its economic and developmental objectives, which aim to establish it as a leading global destination in the luxury tourism sector.
The first phase of the project, scheduled for completion in 2022, will include up to 3,000 hotel rooms, an airport to serve the destination, and marinas, along with residential properties and recreational facilities.
By the time the project is completed, there will be 22 developed islands out of a total of 90 islands. It is expected to create 70,000 jobs and play a significant role in driving economic diversification in the Kingdom by attracting nearly a million visitors a year and contributing SR22 billion to the country’s GDP.
Following the briefing, the project team was congratulated by King Salman, who praised the project and its objectives to position the Kingdom on the global tourism map, create investment opportunities for local private-sector companies, and develop the country’s tourism industry while preserving the nation’s cultural and environmental heritage.