Saudi geological center denies Jeddah earthquake warnings

The Saudi Geological Survey denied social media allegations that an earthquake warning was issued for the city of Jeddah. (Shutterstock)
Updated 12 February 2018
0

Saudi geological center denies Jeddah earthquake warnings

JEDDAH: The Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) denied social media allegations that an earthquake warning was issued for the city of Jeddah.
Through its official twitter account, the authority verified that no ground tremors have been detected and also confirmed that the National Center for Earthquakes and Volcanoes, part of SGS, had not detected any seismic activity in Jeddah either.
The statements comes amid rumors that circulated on social media claiming that a warning had been issued for an earthquake, measuring from three to 5.5 on the richter scale, according to various unconfirmed sources.
The Makkah governorate urged citizens and residents not to believe all the rumors they view online and asserted the need for people to trust viable information from accurate sources.
Meanwhile, SGS continued its earthquakes and volcanic awareness and education campaign in Riyadh to educate student about the natural phenomena, how to deal with earthquakes before, during and after their occurrence and show them the role of the National Center for Erathquakes and Volcanoes in monitoring and tracking seismic activity In the Kingdom.


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

Updated 17 January 2019
0

Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”