Saudi security forces arrest two terrorists after shootout in Qatif

A photo taken on October 1, 2017, during a tour guided by Saudi authorities shows a troops vehicle in Awamiya in the eastern Qatif region. (AFP)
Updated 11 November 2017
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Saudi security forces arrest two terrorists after shootout in Qatif

JEDDAH: Security forces in Qatif arrested two men on Thursday night for their suspected involvement in terrorist crimes that targeted security officers, citizens and security departments.
The men, Mohammed Saeed Salman Al-Abdulaal and Mustapha Ali Saleh Al-Subaiti, were arrested by the Eastern Province’s security forces in the town of Tarout in Qatif, and were taken to hospital for the treatment of injuries sustained during a shootout after they resisted arrest, the security spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, said.
Security officers received reports about the presence of the wanted men in a house in Tarout. Officers surrounded the house and demanded that the terrorists surrender but the men responded with gunfire, forcing security forces to shoot back.


DiplomaticQuarter: British consulate in Jeddah marks Queen’s birthday

Foreign Ministry official Jamal Balkhaior joins British Ambassador Simon Collis and Consul General Barrie Peach to cut the cake in Jeddah on Monday. (AN photo)
Updated 26 April 2018
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DiplomaticQuarter: British consulate in Jeddah marks Queen’s birthday

  • The theme of the evening was 'Women in society'
  • Ot is worth mentioning that Saudi Arabia this year was also very important for women as many important developments have accrued thanks to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Collis

JEDDAH: The 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated at the British Consulate on Monday.

The theme of the evening was “Women in society” as the UK was also celebrating the 100th anniversary of women being given the right to vote. Also on Monday, a son was born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

The celebration included the attendance of a number of the diplomatic corps, including the head of Makkah branch of the Foreign Ministry, Jamal Balkhaior. 

The British ambassador to Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, Simon Collis, and the consul general of Britain in Jeddah, Barrie Peach, delivered a welcoming speech to the guests.

Collis said: “This year in most British councils and embassies around the world we celebrate under the theme ‘Women in Society,’ and it is worth mentioning that Saudi Arabia this year was also very important for women as many important developments have accrued thanks to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”

“We are waiting for women to be able to drive,” said Collis, “but what is more important is the growing opportunity of employing Saudi women in different sectors, and I am glad to say that the British government is providing support in this crucial work as we in Britain consider the Vision 2030 a new historical stage.”

Peach told Arab News: “This year has been a very important one in the bilateral relationship between our two Kingdoms as we recently had the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the UK, where he met the Queen.”

“We signed a strategic partnership with the Kingdom which will see the establishment of a strategic partnership council which essentially says that the UK is very happy and willing to support Saudi Arabia as it seeks to implement all aspects of Vision 2030, and we have a whole range of projects that seek to help Saudi Arabia as you build capacity in a whole range of sectors,” he added.