Saudi-led coalition: ‘Qualitative operation’ aims to restore legitimacy in Yemen

A file photo shows Saudi-led coalition soldiers patrolling the Saudi border with Yemen. (Reuters)
Updated 02 October 2017
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Saudi-led coalition: ‘Qualitative operation’ aims to restore legitimacy in Yemen

RIYADH: The spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that the “qualitative operation” against the Houthis is a continuation of the ongoing operations to restore legitimacy in Yemen.
On Friday, in his first television interview since taking office, Al-Maliki said that in the past there were signs and indicators of movement and reinforcement of the Houthis and their cohorts to infiltrate the Saudi border.
He added that the Kingdom has had to carry out an operation to protect the joint military units that took defensive positions to protect citizens and residents of the villages and cities, as well as resources and vital areas of the Kingdom.
He added that the Houthis, who suffered many casualties, have carried out hostile and brutal operations which violated international and humanitarian law.
In answer to a question about the mechanisms and tools used in the operations, Al-Maliki said that “as an alliance, we have all the tools and capabilities, both in terms of monitoring Houthi or Republican Guard unit movements.”
“We have a continuous mechanism in assessing the operational position on the ground. For example, we have used 24-hour intelligence systems to monitor both the Yemeni interior and the Saudi border,” he said.
He added that “we monitor movements, whether on foot or supply lines to Saudi villages and cities,” adding that “we have all the capacities as an alliance, and thus, the coalition is creating a balance and imposing options on the ground.”
On details of the targets, he said, “It is not clear to everyone why the Houthi gunmen and the Republican Guard are using methods of guerilla warfare or what is known as irregular war.”
“This requires follow-up and targeting and use of what is known as tactical patience,” he said.
Noting the diversity of targets in the past such as cutting off the supply lines toward the border before reaching Saudi Arabia, he said that “there were many targeting of Houthi infiltrators, whether they were on foot, used cars or even motorcycles.”
On the possibility of announcing more of these qualitative operations in the coming days, he said: “Operations are continuing, but the more important question is ‘when will the coupists (Houthis) want a peaceful solution?’”


Saudi Health Ministry: 937 Service Center receives over 172k calls

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Saudi Health Ministry: 937 Service Center receives over 172k calls

  • It aims to provide medical services through its toll-free number, which can be reached from all over Saudi Arabia
RIYADH: The 937 Service Center received 172,402 calls last week, Saudi Health Ministry said on Monday.
These calls included 11,151 complaints, 59,040 appointment requests, 192 hospital transfer requests, 42,343 medical consultations, and 59,676 inquiries, the ministry said.
The center provides a range of services, including the ministry’s updates, emergency calls, incoming and outgoing transactions, medical consultations, hospital transfer requests, as well as complaints about public and private health facilities in the Kingdom.
It is one of the most important initiatives launched by the Ministry of Health. It aims to provide medical services through its toll-free number, which can be reached from all over the Kingdom.