Saudi air defense units intercept two ballistic missiles fired by Houthi militia on Najran

Saudi Arabia’s air defense units intercepted two ballistic missiles fired by Houthi militias from inside Yemeni territory. (REUTERS)
Updated 07 May 2018
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Saudi air defense units intercept two ballistic missiles fired by Houthi militia on Najran

  • The southern city of Najran - close to the border with Yemen, has come under fire before
  • Iranian-backed Houthi militia have launched several missiles at Saudi Arabia in recent months

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense units intercepted two ballistic missiles fired by Houthi militias from inside Yemeni territory that were targeted toward the city of Najran.
Colonel Turki al-Maliki, spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition forces helping Yemen's legitimate government, said that air defense forces detected the missiles being launched at 8:47 p.m. Sunday from the governorate of Amran by Houthi militia.
Al-Maliki said the Houthis deliberately targeted civilian and populated areas, but the Saudi Royal Air Defense forces were able to intercept two two missiles.
Fragments of the missiles fell on residential neighborhoods but no injuries or damage were reported so far, he said.
Al-Maliki said that "this hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime" in supplying weapons to the Houthis.


Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

Updated 19 July 2019
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Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

JEDDAH: Support for Sudan in the wake of a new deal on civilian rule was among items discussed during a meeting between leading Islamic and European officials in Saudi Arabia.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, received Finnish foreign minister, Pekka Haavisto, in Jeddah. Finland currently holds the rotational presidency of the Council of the EU.
Al-Othaimeen and Haavisto had a constructive exchange of views on common issues with particular focus on Sudan after civilian and military leaders signed an agreement aimed at installing a civilian administration.
The deal came after three months of deadlock since Omar Bashir was deposed as president, and the two officials discussed ways to back Khartoum in its transitional phase.
The secretary-general commended the role of Finland and the EU in promoting peace, security, stability and development in different parts of the world and expressed the OIC’s readiness to engage in issues of mutual interest.
Haavisto praised the role of the OIC in promoting the culture of peace, dialogue and understanding, noting the organization’s vast experience in leading peace building initiatives among its member states in collaboration with other partners.