UN high official lauds Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian efforts in Yemen

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Relief workers unload aid carried into Yemen by the Saudi military in Marib, Yemen, on Feb. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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In this Feb. 1, 2018 photograph, a Yemeni boy living in a camp for people displaced by his country's war holds a box of aid from Saudi Arabia in Marib, Yemen. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
Updated 13 February 2018
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UN high official lauds Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian efforts in Yemen

RIYADH: Saudi Ambassador in Yemen Mohammed bin Said Al-Jaber, who is also executive director of the Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations Support Center, on Monday received UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock.

The meeting explored developments of the humanitarian situation in Yemen, aspects of cooperation with the UN on the implementation of humanitarian operations, and coordination between organizations concerned with humanitarian operations in Yemen.

The UN official appreciated the Kingdom’s humanitarian role and that of the coalition in Yemen. He referred to grants provided by the Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates to UN organizations worth $1 billion. He also praised the start of operations of the UN World Food Program (WFP) and the cooperation between coalition forces and USAID.

The Saudi envoy expressed the readiness of the Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations Support Center to safely receive delivery of humanitarian aid and relief through commercial shipments to Yemen. He said the center has 22 air, land and sea ports to deliver such aid, while coalition countries have allocated 17 safe passages to ensure the flow of aid to Yemen.


Saudi Arabia shoots down ballistic missile fired by Houthi terrorists

Updated 18 August 2018
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Saudi Arabia shoots down ballistic missile fired by Houthi terrorists

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militia toward the southern city of Najran.

The attack is the latest in a series of missile launches targeting densely populated residential areas of Saudi Arabia, including Jazan and Najran, close to the border with Yemen.

Saudi-led Arab coalition’s spokesman, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that Saudi aerial defense forces intercepted a missile launched by the Iran-backed militia.

Al-Maliki said that the missile targeted Najran and was aimed at civilian populated areas, but the defense forces were able to intercept and destroy the projectile without any casualties.

The spokesperson added that “this hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regime’s continued involvement in supporting the rebels with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolution 2216 and 2231 aimed at safeguarding Saudi Arabia’s security and any regional and international threats.”