Saudi Arabia’s air defenses intercept a Houthi missile launched on Jazan

Saudi Arabia’s air defence intercepted a missile launched from Yemen towards Jazan on Friday. (Reuters)
Updated 14 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s air defenses intercept a Houthi missile launched on Jazan

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s air defense has intercepted a missile launched from Yemen towards Jazan.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition announced Friday that Saudi Arabian air defense systems have shot down a Houthi missile launched towards Jazan. 

The Saudi-led coalition spokesperson Turki Al-Maliki said, "a missile was launched Thursday by Iran backed Houthi militia from Sa’adah in Yemen towards the Kingdom". The Saudi Arabian Patriot anti-missile defense systems were activated and intercepted the missile that was directed towards civilian areas of ‘Jazan’ said al Maliki. He also added that no one was hurt as a result of falling fragments of the missile in ‘Jazan' that borders Yemen.   

Yesterday, Saudi air defense forces also intercepted a ballistic missile launched on Jazan. On Wednesday this week Iran backed Houthi militia launched ballistic missiles and drones targeting the capital, Riyadh, the cities of Jazan and Najran, and Abha airport.

The missiles were aimed at Riyadh and the two southern cities. One armed drone targeted Abha airport and a second drone was heading toward a civilian neighborhood in Jazan.

Iranian-backed Houthi militants have launched dozens of missiles in the past year, aimed at Riyadh and southern Saudi cities. 

 


Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019
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Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.