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. 

 


We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States help build stronger ties. (AN photo)
Updated 19 September 2018
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We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

  • We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States: US Public Affairs Counselor in KSA

RIYADH: Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States “help build stronger ties between the two countries and bring them closer together,” according to Brian Shott, the new US Public Affairs Counselor in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at a reception to welcome him at the US embassy in Riyadh on September 18, he said: “One of the main things we do is we try to share aspects of the United States and of American culture, but we also learn from Saudis and Saudi culture.” 

In her opening speech, the embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong also highlighted the enduring relationship between the two countries, saying: “Tonight is a celebration, a celebration of a friendship that has extended over many, many decades.”

Shott, who previously served in Morocco, Cairo and Baghdad, will be in Saudi Arabia for the next two years, during which he will promote educational and cultural exchanges.

“There are some real opportunities here and we have been fortunate enough to be able take advantage of partnerships with Saudi organizations and Saudi agencies, whether it is the General Authority for Culture or the Ministry of Education,” he said.

“We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States.”

Meanwhile, the reception also served as a farewell to Robin Yeager, the cultural attache in Riyadh. She said that it had been a “very dynamic time to be in Saudi Arabia. It has been a pleasure and an honor to be here at a time when I get to know first-hand the future that Saudis are trying to build.”

The night that women were were given the right to drive, she said she went out and saw the “thrill on their faces.” To assist with empowerment and other progressive policies, embassy staff work on social issues and provide leadership training for women’s groups, she said.

“It is beautiful because they take something that an American expert talks to them about and they turn it into the Saudi way to approach it,” she added. “It’s not that we are changing things; it’s that we are giving them tools, so they can build what they want to build.”