Saudi women celebrate Women’s Day with a jog in Jeddah

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Women run during an event marking International Women's Day in Old Jeddah on March 8, 2018. (REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser)
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Saudi women take part in a "green walk" calling for environment conservation, on March 8, 2018 in Jeddah. ( AFP / Amer Hilabi)
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Women exercise during a running event marking International Women's Day in Old Jeddah on March 8, 2018. (REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser)
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Saudi women take part in a "green walk" calling for environment conservation, on March 8, 2018 in Jeddah. (AFP / Amer Hilabi)
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Saudi women jog in the streets of Jeddah's historic al-Balad district on March 8, 2018. (AFP / Amer Hilabi)
Updated 09 March 2018
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Saudi women celebrate Women’s Day with a jog in Jeddah

JEDDAH: A group of women in Jeddah marked International Women’s Day yesterday by exercising one of their newly acquired freedoms: the right to go for a jog.
Saudi women have had a momentous year as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman lifted a number of key restrictions on their rights. Women can now attend football matches, partake in sports themselves and by the summer will be allowed to drive cars.
In Jeddah’s historic district, smiling women wearing traditional full-length robes adapted for sports cheered and one even skipped with joy as they pounded through the sleepy alleys past puzzled shopowners.
The government introduced physical education for girls last year and began licensing women’s sports clubs, but Saudis are still coming around to women running in public.
“This is just the beginning of a revolution for women in Saudi Arabia. In jobs, in our lives, in society, everything is going to change for Saudi women,” said one of the joggers, university student Sama Kinsara.
Kinsara is studying film, a major she will be able to use at home this year as Saudi Arabia lifts a 35-year-old ban on cinemas.
Yasmine Hassan, a member of the Bliss Runners group organizing the event, said it was aimed at empowering women.
“This is a message that we would like to send them and say, ‘Come, you’re not alone, we will do this together and the time is now.’”
“Hopefully by next year there are going to be way more rights given to Saudi women, the ones that we deserve,” she said.


Major developments to follow Hodeidah airport liberation: Coalition Spokesperson

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Major developments to follow Hodeidah airport liberation: Coalition Spokesperson

RIYADH: The Spokesperson for Saudi-led Arab coalition forces in Yemen Col. Turki Al-Maliki said that work is in progress with the Yemeni government to r stabilize Hodeidah as soon as possible.

In statements to Al Arabiya News Channel, Wednesday, the spokesman said great developments will happen in Hodaidah when its airport is fully liberated.
Al-Maliki noted that the coalition is exploring all means to to persuade Iran backed Houthi militias to accept the political solution tabled by the UN.

Col. Turki also pointed that there are no human losses reported in the Hodiadah offensive to liberate the airport so far. However, Al-Maliki said Houthis are using civilians as human shields which is against international laws.

“Houthis are preventing civilians from leaving Hodeidah and are using them as human shields in the battle.”

Al-Maliki said the coalition has offered assurances to the international community that it will protect civilians, adding that the coalition has finalized plans to rehabilitate Hodeidah and its vital installations once the war is over.