Saudi crown prince says Houthis ‘must not become another Hezbollah’

Members of the Houthi militia display their weapons during a gathering in Sanaa, Yemen, in this Nov. 24, 2016 file photo. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Updated 27 October 2017
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Saudi crown prince says Houthis ‘must not become another Hezbollah’

RIYADH: The war in Yemen is about preventing Houthi rebels from turning into another Hezbollah on Saudi Arabia’s southern border, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said.
“We’re pursuing until we can be sure that nothing will happen there like Hezbollah again, because Yemen is more dangerous than Lebanon,” he told Reuters.
Saudi Arabia made global headlines this week as a conference hosted by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) served as a backdrop to key announcements that have defined a new social and economic course for the country. 
The crown prince said the Kingdom’s dispute with neighboring Qatar has not affected investment, adding: “Qatar is a very, very, very small issue.”
Earlier this week, he pledged to return the Kingdom to a moderate past. Meanwhile, new projects such as the $500 billion Neom zone, announced at the Future Investment Initiative, look to a technology-driven future. 
The futuristic theme continued on the second day of the conference when the audience was stunned by the appearance of a robot and her witty banter on stage.
Sophia became an overnight social media sensation, giving a “Bladerunner”-inspired face to the Kingdom’s decision to invest in artificial intelligence and other technologies.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy picked up on the crown prince’s comments about extremism when he addressed the conference.
Speaking on the final day of the event in Riyadh, Sarkozy praised the crown prince for his fight against extremism.
Sarkozy said extremists are the biggest problem the world faces today, not Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is accused of meddling in US and European elections. 
“The problem in the world is extremism, assassins who kill innocent people. Please could someone explain to me why the problem in the world is Putin?” he added.
More than 4,000 delegates from around the world visited Saudi Arabia for the keenly awaited gathering that some had dubbed “Davos in the Desert.”


Sandstorm envelops Riyadh skyline

Updated 7 min 34 sec ago
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Sandstorm envelops Riyadh skyline

  • Heavy dust clouds hampered visibility, affected temperatures and caused substantial traffic delays
  • Police in Riyadh warned motorists to drive slowly and use headlights

RIYADH: A sandstorm hit Riyadh on Tuesday, enveloping the city in heavy dust clouds that hampered visibility, affected temperatures and caused substantial traffic delays.

Though not infrequent at this time of year, the storm still created unfavorable conditions, with temperatures dropping from 19 to 6 degrees Celsius, humidity peaking at 24 percent, and wind speeds reaching 40 kilometers per hour.

Police in Riyadh warned residents to take care, whilst telling motorists to drive slowly, use headlights at all times and exercise restraint. People with respiratory conditions, meanwhile, were also advised to avoid going outside where possible.