Iran must be made accountable for ballistic missiles sent to Houthis, Saudi Arabia tells UN

File photo showing Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN Ambassador Abdullah Al-Moallimi. (SPA)
Updated 27 March 2018
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Iran must be made accountable for ballistic missiles sent to Houthis, Saudi Arabia tells UN

NEW YORK: Iran should be made accountable for supplying Houthi militia ballistic missiles to target Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative at the UN Abdallah Al-Moallimi handed the official Saudi letter to the Secretary General of the UN and the presiding head of the Security Council for this month.
In the letter, Saudi Arabia demanded that UN Security Council acts responsibly to uphold international peace and stability, and apprehend Iran for supplying ballistic missiles to Yemen’s Houthi militia.
The Saudi complain letter coincide with a meeting to be held Tuesday between UN Secretary GeneralAntonio Guteres and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
The Saudi led coalition in Yemen displayed new evidence pertaining to Iran’s effort to smuggle missiles to the Houthi militia in Yemen.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s government said it sees in the continued attacks by Houthi militia a “clear Iranian involvement in supplying Houthi with advanced ballistic missiles in clear defiance of United Nations’ Security Council resolutions 2216 and 2231.” This comes after Saudi Arabia air defense forces intercepted Sunday 7 ballistic missiles targeting Riyadh and other Saudi cities.


Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s first flight celebrated

Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani. (GACA)
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Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s first flight celebrated

  • Yasmeen Al-Maimani has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US

RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), represented by the management of Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines, celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani, 29, on Sunday.
Al-Maimani made her first official flight between Hail International Airport and Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Qassim, becoming the first Saudi woman to fly a commercial aircraft as a co-pilot with Nesma Airlines.
She received the opportunity after the airline advertised vacant positions for co-pilots on its New Pilots Program — 11 were accepted, including Al-Maimani, who has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US.
Following their acceptance into the program, the pilots underwent a four-stage training regimen at Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah, including practice on multi-engine planes with multiple crews.
Ground training using an ATR 72-600 aircraft at Nesma Airlines’ training center in Hail followed, before progressing to simulators in Jakarta and Madrid.