Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile launched by Houthi militia from Yemen

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir with his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2018
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Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile launched by Houthi militia from Yemen

JEDDAH/BRUSSELS: Saudi air defense forces announced on Tuesday that they intercepted a ballistic missile, launched by Yemen’s Houthi militias, over Jazan at around 8:20 p.m.
It comes after Saudi forces intercepted another ballistic missile fired by the Houthis over the southern province of Najran, bordering Yemen last week.
Meanwhile, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said Tuesday that Iran was the biggest source of danger in the region because of its role in Lebanon, Yemen and Syria.
Iran supplied the Houthi militias with missiles that targeted Saudi Arabia, he told the media alongside his Belgian counterpart Didier Renders at a press conference in the Belgian capital, Brussels.
“The nuclear deal with Iran needs improvement to prevent Tehran from enriching uranium,” Al-Jubeir added.
Commenting on Al-Jubeir’s statement, Renders said: “the nuclear agreement with Iran is still optimal and its implementation is important,” adding that “we will discuss with Iran the issue of ballistic missiles and wars in the region.” 
A UN experts’ report seen by AFP said on Jan. 12 that Iran has violated a UN arms embargo by failing to block supplies to the Houthis of ballistic missiles that were fired at Saudi Arabia.


Saudi king, crown prince condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

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Saudi king, crown prince condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

  • King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talked with the son of the late journalist on Sunday

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have extended their condolences to the family and relatives of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday.
King Salman expressed his deepest sympathy in a telephone call Sunday to Salah Jamal Khashoggi, the son of the 59-year-old journalist, who died in Istanbul early this month.
The crown prince also condoled with Salah Jamal Khashoggi by phone, the SPA said.
Khashoggi's son thanked the king and the crown prince, the report added. 

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir earlier said that the death of Khashoggi was the result of a “rogue operation” by people acting beyond the scope of their authority.